People aged 18 and over in Tamworth are being urged to step forward to join their local Safer Neighbourhood Panel (SNP) to help hold the Local Police Commander to account and look at wider criminal justice and community safety issues in their area.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis, who launched the Safer Neighbourhood Panels in 2015, said, “This is a real opportunity for people in Tamworth to play a part in holding those responsible for policing in their area to account and I’d urge them to get involved.
I make no apology for believing that truly local policing, and the public playing a part in influencing that, is vital. The spotlight and scrutiny on local policing performance that these panels bring is invaluable in adding to the rigour I have introduced to overseeing policing.”
John Mitchell, Chair of Tamworth Safer Neighbourhood Panel added, “If you would like to have greater insight into the work carried out by police in Tamworth in dealing with crime, and protecting residents from criminality, may I encourage you to consider joining the Tamworth Safer Neighbourhood Panel.
“As well as having a greater insight, you’ll be given the opportunity to scrutinise the work of the police in areas such as Stop and Search and the use of Taser to ensure they are following the correct procedures.”
Local residents and members of the business community sit on the panels to influence local policing and community safety, scrutinise the work done by police in their area, give feedback to communities and examine the impact of community resolutions and restorative justice.
Anyone interested in joining their local SNP should click here to register their interest or contact Jan Matthews, the panel co-ordinator for Tamworth, on 01543 500404.