PCC Festus Akinbusoye

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Festus Akinbusoye is inviting the public to give feedback on the Police and Crime Plan by completing the Official Public Consultation survey.

The PCC shared his initial ideas for the Police and Crime Plan during a meeting with the Police and Crime Panel last month.

In line with one of his pledges of leading an open and transparent policing area, he wants to give the public a voice to contribute before its launch in August 2021.

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner said that the purpose of the survey is to understand if the views and needs of the people of Bedfordshire have been captured in the current draft plan’s themes.

Adding it is an opportunity to give feedback based on research that the Commissioner has already completed, which included reviews of:

  • Police data and existing police plans and risk assessments
  • Community Meetings, both public and Local Authority
  • Support Group Meetings
  • Community Safety plans with the Local Authorities
  • Victim Needs Analysis (including surveys and interviews with service users)
  • National direction; Policing Vision 2025/30 and HMICFRS State of Policing
  • Auditor reviews, both local and national
  • Health assessments

The PCC said:

“For me, it is vital that I consult with members of the public to get their view and input into the Police and Crime Plan. My number one priority is the safety of each of our residents. Therefore, your input into this is invaluable in helping to shape the plan.”

The survey will run until midnight on 1 August 2021, and the Police and Crime Plan will launch in August 2021.