Wiltshire and Swindon residents to receive crime survey
10:01am Monday 14th October 2013 in News
OVER 4,000 households across Wiltshire and Swindon will get a call from researchers on behalf of Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson.
Commissioners must gather the views of the public about policing in their area.
The phone survey will also explore issues such as quality of life and fear of crime.
The research will be carried out in two phases, with the first getting underway on Monday 21 October and running through to early December, and the second in spring 2014.
Mr Macpherson said: “Understanding the views of the public will help me to decide on the level of the police element of Council Tax, and on the services I will commission.
“The feedback may also lead me to amend my Police and Crime Plan.
“I know such telephone calls can sometimes seem a bit of a nuisance, but I would strongly urge people who wish to influence policies on police and crime to take the time to answer the researcher’s questions.
“Surveys to test confidence in policing and quality of life were conducted between 2010 and 2012 by the former Wiltshire Police Authority.
“I will continue to commission these surveys each year so that we have reliable data to inform my commissioning decisions.”
The data will be shared with Wiltshire Police because it will contain important insights into the levels of confidence that respondents have in their Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Chief Supt Paul Mills, Head of Local Policing, said: “This is a great opportunity for communities in Wiltshire to feed back to the police about the service they receive.
“We want continually to improve the quality of our service to the public, tackling the things that are most important to them. I would ask that the public support this survey and take the opportunity to have their say."
The information is also circulated to area boards across Wiltshire and locality meetings in Swindon.
The research will be conducted by a company called Information by Design and the questions should take about 15 minutes to answer.
If you receive a call and have any concerns about the validity of the caller, please phone the Office of the PCC on 01380 734 022 and ask for Ruth McGee on extension 2396.
If you want to read the findings of the Wiltshire Police Authority surveys, please go to www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk and search for WPA consultation documents.