THOUSANDS of people, including hundreds of police officers and police staff, have had their say about the new strategy to make communities across Staffordshire safer – with the overwhelming majority backing the plans.
Matthew Ellis, Police and Crime Commissioner, published the Safer, Fairer, United Communities strategy for consultation across the county and the city of Stoke-on-Trent in July and August.
Reporting the findings he said: "Thank you to every person who gave their feedback which made this consultation one of the most successful in terms of the number of respondents in Staffordshire in recent years.
"The overwhelmingly positive response shows strong support for a whole-system approach where public services work collaboratively to common agreed outcomes that make a difference to local people.
"The appetite for better and more joined up services is clear – people want effective visible policing on our streets and a criminal justice system that meets their individual needs should they require it.
"If nothing changes, services will decline, but things are changing in Staffordshire.
"It’s not NHS, local authority, CPS or police money….it’s all public money. We must scrap silo thinking, work to common goals – spend better, achieve more.
"The system needs to work differently, better and more cost effectively for all of us with local solutions for local people. It needs to fit the people it serves rather than people having to fit the system.
"The results In total, 6,384 people gave their views through a variety of means including face to face surveys, public meetings and on-line.
"A total of 98 per cent of people agreed that the overall vision was important while 89 per cent agreed with the strategy itself.
"The draft strategy’s four priorities – early intervention, supporting victims and witnesses, managing offenders and public confidence – were viewed as important by almost everyone (97 per cent to 99 per cent or respondents).
"Responses came from communities throughout the area. Over a third of responses were from Stoke-on-Trent.
Feedback about specific themes will now be incorporated into the final version of the strategy which will be launched shortly.
"The high-level over-arching strategy will sit above several detailed delivery plans including an operational delivery plan for Staffordshire Police, locality plans from local councils and partnerships and a commissioning plan."