The spotlight will be on policing in Burton as communities are being urged to have their say on how crime is dealt with in their area.
People in East Staffordshire are being urged to step forward to join an independent panel to influence policing in their communities, and have their say on such topics as Tasers and stop and searches.
Anyone aged 18 and over in East Staffordshire is able to join their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel to help hold the Local Policing Team Commander to account as well as look at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.
Police and crime commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis, who launched the Safer Neighbourhood Panels in 2015, said: “This is a real opportunity for people in East Staffordshire to play a part in holding those responsible for policing in their area to account and I’d urge them to get involved.
“I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that, is vital.
“The spotlight and scrutiny on local policing performance that these panels bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour I have introduced to overseeing policing.”
Gerry Peck, chairman of East Staffordshire Safer Neighbourhood Panel, said: “If you are interested in joining a local group who have the responsibility of scrutinising the work of the local police, this may be for you.
“To date we have looked at Taser use, Stop and Search procedures, armed response and call centre performance.
“We meet approximately every two to three months with the borough commander, where he is questioned on several relevant topics.”
Safer Neighbourhood Panels are established in Tamworth, Stoke-on-Trent, Cannock, Lichfield, Newcastle, Stafford, South Staffordshire and Staffordshire Moorlands and East Staffordshire.
Local residents and members of the business community sit on the panels to influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in their area, give feedback to communities and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice.
The PCC is interested in attracting people from all walks of life who are able to represent the views from a business perspective. This is a voluntary role but travel expenses will be paid.
Anyone interested in applying to join their local Safer Neighbourhood panel should register their interest at www.staffordshire-pcc.gov.uk/safer-neighbourhood-panels/ or contact Mike Hovers, the Safer Neighbourhood Panel co-ordinator for East Staffordshire, on 01283 508776.