Po­lice panel’s giv­ing the pub­lic a plat­form

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE will be able to quiz a po­lice panel at its meet­ings from now on.

Thames Val­ley Po­lice and Crime Panel has made the move to add a ques­tion time ses­sion to im­prove pub­lic en­gage­ment and in­ter­est in its work.

Mem­bers agreed at a meet­ing on Fri­day, July 11 to open up meet­ings to the pub­lic from Septem­ber.

It also looked at the de­liv­ery of the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner’s Po­lice and Crime Plan, with an up­date from com­mis­sioner An­thony Stans­feld.

He said po­lice met or ex­ceeded four out of five crime de­tec­tion tar­gets in the year up to March 2014, in­clud­ing a re­duc­tion in do­mes­tic bur­glar­ies of 20 per cent.

There was also a very small in­crease in recorded crimes against the person of 0.5 per cent (94 of­fences) dur­ing the year.

At Fri­day’s meet­ing, panel mem­bers also re­elected Buck­ing­hamshire county coun­cil­lor, Trevor Egle­ton, as chair­man for a third year.

Kieron Mal­lon, an Ox­ford­shire county coun­cil­lor, was re-elected as vice-chair­man.

QUES­TION TIME: Thames Val­ley Po­lice and Crime Panel’s chair­man Trevor Egle­ton and vice-chair­man Kieron Mal­lon

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