MATTHEW GROVE the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) visited Hedon today (Saturday 13th April) to speak to local residents as part of his neighbourhoods tour.
We grabbed a few moments of Mr Grove’s time to ask a few questions:
On Hedon: Mr Grove praised the local policing team which he described as “a close-knit neighbourhood team which was well-connected to local communities. This was a contributing factor to the low crime rates in the area,” he said.
Police Stations: Rather than reducing opening hours at stations, Mr Grove said he has pledged to increase the availability and visibility of the police. “We do need to look at the effective use of police time. We don’t necessarily want police ‘locked-up’ in their own stations for hours at a time, but to be used more effectively elsewhere.” He pointed to the situation in Kirkella where the police will be re-located to a community setting at the Haltemprice Leisure Centre, where, he says, they will be far more accessible and available than before.
Online Forums: The Humberside PCC represents an area of some 920,000 people. Reaching them will take a whole variety of methods, said Mr Grove. “Online methods will suit younger people and perhaps elderly and disabled people who would be able to take part in online meetings rather than physical meetings.” A recent Online event involving the Grimsby Telegraph had been one of the busiest ever held, with 140 people taking part.
An Online Chat will be taking place next Wednesday 17th April 2013 from 12 noon until 1pm. The Online Chat uses the Coverit Live forum technology and will allow people to post questions and views about policing – or you can just watch the debate live. Follow the Online Chat Event hosted on Matthew Grove’s dedicated PCC website.
Youth Ambassadors: Mr Grove is looking to recruit four young people, one to represent each of the four unitary areas in the Humber area. “We want to ensure that youth issues are brought to the heart of policing, and we want to recruit young people who are passionate about doing that.” The Youth Ambassadors will be volunteers, and will work through existing youth organisations to gather the opinions of young people, which in turn will influence the work of the PCC.
If any young people are interested in becoming one of the Youth Ambassadors, Mr Grove said they should contact him.
For further information, and to contact Matthew Grove, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside, then visit the PCC website.