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Change to the way Ashbourne Safer Neighbourhood meetings will be held

Posted on 7th May 2013

Police are changing how Safer Neighbourhood governance meetings – which help officers decide which issues to focus on – are held in and around Ashbourne.

The meetings are held every three months by police and partners and aim to keep local residents in the loop about issues in their neighbourhoods.

This includes crime trends, prevention advice, updates on police operations, campaigns and events.

The public can also raise issues with police and help officers decide what crimes or problems, such as anti-social behaviour, to crack down on over a three-month period.

Up until now, the area’s four Safer Neighbourhood teams – Ashbourne town centre, Marston and Clifton, Tissington and Carsington, Hulland and Brailsford – have all held separate meetings.

They will now all combine into one quarterly meeting, the first of which will be held at Ashbourne town hall from 10am on Friday, July 5.

Sergeant Steve Edwards, who leads the four Safer Neighbourhood teams, said: “These meetings are a fantastic way for people to find out directly from us what policing issues there are in their area.

“Having one meeting for the four Safer Neighbourhood areas means we can do just that, while keeping people informed about the wider community at the same time.

“The meetings also rely on decent attendances and feedback from those who come along, which helps us decide what to look at in terms of policing.

“We’re trialling this new format for a year and will see how it goes, but I’m confident it will make it more convenient, informative and reassuring for members of the public.”

Safer Neighbourhood governance meetings are held by a panel including police and partners such as Dales Housing and Derbyshire Dales District Council.

You also can make suggestions on what police should focus on online, by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk and heading to your local Safer Neighbourhood team’s page.

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