Community thanked for excellent response to survey guiding priorities for extra Royal Borough police officers

Police officers. Thank you for completing our police survey

The Royal Borough and Thames Valley Police are thanking everyone who shared their insights to help shape priorities for four extra police officers who will be dedicated to tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the Royal Borough.

The council is investing in four additional warranted police officers for the Royal Borough, over and above the existing police establishment for the area, to support community safety and enhanced local partnership working between the council and police.

To help guide which local policing and community safety issues should be the initial priorities for these extra officers, the community was invited to share their views, local experiences and perceptions in a short survey. Residents also had the opportunity to join discussions with a wide range of key partners at a successful event held last week.

With more than 430 responses received during the three-week survey, which closes today (Monday 20 March), the next step is to analyse all feedback to inform the work of these extra police officers, as well as the enhanced partnership working between the council and police. 

Councillor David Cannon, Cabinet Member for Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime, and Public Protection, said: “This is the first initiative of its kind within the Thames Valley force area and will enhance our existing partnership with Thames Valley Police in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour most affecting our communities and the environment at a local level.

“We’ve had an excellent response to our survey and we’d like to thank everyone who has contributed: whether through the survey or valuable discussions at our partner event. Such community insights will help ensure our stronger local police presence, and the collective response of partners around prevention and enforcement at a community level, are best focussed where it will make the greatest difference to people lives.

“These extra officers will initially be in place for three years, assisting us in addressing crime and anti-social behaviour at a local level, in order to maintain and improve community safety across our borough.”

Superintendent Claire Knibbs, LPA Commander for Windsor & Maidenhead, said: “I’d like to thank the many people who have taken the time to fill in the survey. 

“Your views are valued and help to provide an insight into your lives within our communities. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Royal Borough to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.”

Matthew Barber, Police & Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, said: “This is a great initiative that underlines the close working between the council and the police. We now have more police officers in Thames Valley than ever before and this additional support will help to increase visible neighbourhood policing as part of my crimefighters strategy which will help to build confidence by delivering strong local policing.”