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Police force sign the pledge

PUBLISHED: 11:08 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 05 July 2010

A MANIFESTO outlining the quality of service the public can expect from police has been unveiled by Suffolk chief constable Simon Ash.

The national initiative - which includes promises to answer 999 calls within ten seconds and increase the time officers spend on the beat - is soon to be adopted by the county's force.

A MANIFESTO outlining the quality of service the public can expect from police has been unveiled by Suffolk chief constable Simon Ash.

The national initiative - which includes promises to answer 999 calls within ten seconds and increase the time officers spend on the beat - is soon to be adopted by the county's force.

The pledge also encompasses standards and expectations regarding Safer Neighbourhood Teams, which provide community policing across the county.

Mr Ash said Suffolk Constabulary was already achieving nine of the ten points listed in the pledge.

The only aspect the force is not currently satisfying relates to the creation of an online crime map, which will be up and running within a week.

Mr Ash said: “The idea is to set clear expectations for members of the public.

“A lot of what is contained in the pledge is very much in tune with the approach we have already implemented.

“By ensuring we maintain our service to the standards of the pledge, we hope that public confidence in our police service will continue to grow.”

Alongside the national pledge, Suffolk Constabulary has published local priorities for each Safer Neighbourhood Team countywide to tackle the issues affecting individual communities.

Every police force must be compliant and signed up to the pledge by December 31.

Gulshan Kayembe, chair of Suffolk Police Authority, said: “The pledge is a great way to assure the public that we will provide them with a policing service that they want and deserve.

“The constabulary's Safer Neighbourhood Teams are having a positive impact on the fight against crime in Suffolk.

“Their work, coupled with the pledge, will give people an even stronger voice about how their communities are policed.”

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