Lichfield and Burntwood residents urged to join new policing panel

More people from Lichfield and Burntwood are needed to join a new panel to shape local policing.

The Lichfield Safer Neighbourhood Panel was launched in October by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis, with the task of holding local policing team commanders to account and examining community safety issues in the area.

Matthew Ellis talking to the new Lichfield Safer Neighbourhood Panel

Matthew Ellis talking to the new Lichfield Safer Neighbourhood Panel

A number of volunteers have already responded to the call for people to join the group, but more are still needed.

Mr Ellis said: “It was fantastic to see the Lichfield Panel in action for the first time a few weeks ago.

“There’s still time for more local people to get involved and I’d urge them to come forward now.

“The new spotlight on local policing performance that Safer Neighbourhood Panels will bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour my office brings to overseeing policing.

“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.”

To find out more about joining the panel email jean.cass@staffordshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk or call 01785 232453.

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