People in Lincolnshire will be asked for their views on policing and crime in an annual survey.
Everyone across the county will have the chance to answer questions on subjects such as policing funding, experience of crime, effectiveness of police response and methods of reporting incidents.
Each respondent will be invited to sign up to a special panel, called Lincolnshire’s SAFER TOGETHER Research Panel, and be invited to take part in further surveys throughout the year.
The new survey and panel has been launched by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones, who said the opinions voiced will play an influential role in shaping how the county is policed.
Participation in the survey – released to panel members by mid-December – is open to anyone resident in Lincolnshire over the age of 15.
Signing up will require members to provide some personal information to ensure that the panel is as representative as possible of the people of Lincolnshire, in respect of age, gender and geography. All of the answers be kept anonymous.
“At the very heart of my role is ensuring that the views and priorities of the people and communities of Lincolnshire are reflected in the way our great county is policed,” said Mr Jones.
“So this year I have taken the decision to extend and enhance the methods of consultation to build up my understanding and appreciation of the needs, attitudes and opinions of Lincolnshire residents, when it comes to preventing and tackling crime.
“Members of the panel will be invited to provide opinions on topical and important crime and policing issues that affect our county and their views and opinions will inform the decisions I take in setting out the direction for community safety, policing and criminal justice in Lincolnshire, over both the short and the long term.”
A survey launched last year received nearly 3,000 responses in just three weeks. This year the survey is timed to coincide with budget setting and will remain open until January 16, 2019.