Residents Asked to Help Shape Future Policing Services

To help shape the policing priorities for the next financial year (starting in April 2022), South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Dr Alan Billings is seeking views from local residents and businesses on policing and crime services in their area.

Residents across South Yorkshire are invited to take part in a Priorities Survey, which closes on 29 October.

The survey is asking people about their priorities, what it is like living in their community from a policing and crime perspective and where they feel spending priorities should be focused.

The online survey should take just a few minutes to complete and will help the PCC, South Yorkshire Police and their partners to better understand the crime and antisocial behaviour issues that are affecting different communities. It will also help to direct money into providing support services for those affected by crime.

Dr Billings said: “Each year I refresh my Police and Crime Plan to highlight the areas where I would like South Yorkshire Police to focus their activities.

“I am launching this survey to give the public a chance to provide their views so that I can understand their priorities and ensure they are at the heart of the decisions I make.

“These priorities need to reflect what the public tell me are their areas of concern and how the police can help us all to be safe and to feel safe.”

The Priorities Survey will help to shape the Police and Crime Plan and the setting of the policing budget for South Yorkshire next year.

Following the Government allocation of funding to police forces later this year, the PCC must then set the level of council tax precept that goes towards policing. This is the part of the Council Tax that contributes towards the total funding available to the Police and Crime Commissioner to provide policing, community safety and victims’ services. This, along with other government grants, provides the police budget for services for the year ahead.

Further consultation on the specific amount of precept that residents will be asked to pay will take place during December and January, once the Government allocation is known.

The survey can be accessed here:  Policing Priorities Survey 2021