Have your say over policing issues at event in Lowestoft

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore meeting members of the public in Lowestoft.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore meeting members of the public in Lowestoft. - Credit: Archant

Suffolk's temporary chief constable, Gareth Wilson, and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Tim Passmore, will be visiting town centres across the county in forthcoming weeks as they head out 'on tour' once more.

Throughout the summer holidays, Mr Wilson and Mr Passmore will set up base within towns across Suffolk and will be available for members of the public to speak about any policing issues, including the work underway in the Constabulary to achieve savings.

And they will be visiting Lowestoft town centre this Friday, July 31, between 11.30am and 2.30pm, to meet the public.

Members of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team will also be there to answer local queries, as well as Crime Reduction Officers who will be offering personal safety and crime reduction advice at the police base in Lowestoft town centre - near Sports Direct – between 11am and 3pm.

The events are part of a wider series of public consultation events being held to gather public opinion on the changes being made to policing in Suffolk to deliver savings required by Government, with the tour of the towns including visits to Stowmarket, Haverhill, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and Brandon.

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Temporary chief constable Gareth Wilson said: 'This is the third year we have held these events and they have been a great way for us to get to the heart of local towns and find out what people think.

'Our communities tell us that they are very happy with the policing they receive in Suffolk and this is fantastic. It is extremely important for me to protect this quality of service as we work to achieve the savings required by government and I want to know what matters to our communities. I hope lots of people come along to speak with us and their local team.'

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Mr Passmore said: 'Public engagement is a crucial element of my role and I thoroughly enjoy these opportunities to get out to talk directly to people about the policing service they receive. I represent the views of the public and this is a great chance to discuss any aspect of policing and I hope lots of people will come along to see us.

'The On Tour events provide a wonderful opportunity to find out precisely what the local issues and concerns are. This helps me to hold the Chief to account and to ensure policing deals with what matters to all our communities so that trust and confidence in our Constabulary is as high as possible.'

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