|Everyone is invited to find out about the Constabulary’s priorities for policing – and contribute to future plans – at a series of regional public meetings.|
The first open forum will be held in the west, tomorrow on Monday 26 July at Queen Elizabeth ll High School, main hall, in Peel at 7pm.
This is an opportunity for local residents to discuss the issues that matter to them with police officers in an informal setting, and to put forward their views on key priorities for the future. Feedback and suggestions gathered at the meetings will be taken into consideration when next year’s operational policing plan is drawn up.
The importance of neighbourhood policing in helping to keep the Island and its people safe was highlighted in the Chief Constable’s Annual Report 2020-21, which was received by Tynwald this week. In it, Gary Roberts outlines how locality-based police teams work with local communities to identify and address community problems, protect vulnerable people and reduce offending and antisocial behaviour.
While the approach was temporarily suspended during lockdown periods as officers were deployed elsewhere as part of the Constabulary’s pandemic response, neighbourhood policing is being restored. In his report, the Chief Constable reiterates that neighbourhood policing is ‘the base upon which all policing activity in the Isle of Man is built.’
The meetings are open to all, free to attend, with no need to book.