Panel to discuss local policing issues meets for the first time in Lichfield

A new independent panel designed to give Lichfield residents a chance to help shape the future of local policing has met for the first time.

The group has been designed to hold local policing team commanders to account, as well as looking at community safety issues.

Matthew Ellis talking to the new Lichfield Safer Neighbourhood Panel

Matthew Ellis talking to the new Lichfield Safer Neighbourhood Panel

The Lichfield Safer Neighbourhood Panel was launched by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis to improve the transparency of the force.

“The new spotlight on local policing performance that the panel will bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour my office brings to overseeing policing,” he said. “But it’s more than that.

“I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that policing, is vital. That’s why visible, neighbourhood policing is increasing over coming months and we’re establishing these new panels.”

Local residents and councillors sit on the panels with magistrates bringing additional expertise.

Councillor Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet member for community, said: “The panel will meet to discuss the concerns facing the local community around crime and anti-social behaviour.

“It is hoped that by setting local priorities, policing in the area will better reflect the needs of the local community.”

For more information on the panels visit the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website.

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