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Police in South Somerset go Door to Door with a Difference
CHARD Police Sergeant Jamie Rees with Mayor Cllr Cathie Morrison head on a walkabout in Chard with the Door to Door with a Difference survey. PHOTO: Geoff Hall.
POLICE have been taking to the streets of South Somerset this week to find out what people expect from the force.
Police sergeant Jamie Rees has been working with his team in Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne, knocking on doors and talking to residents.
The Door to Door with a Difference survey aims to find out what people want to see police doing more of, what they would like less of and the three main priorities people would like them to focus on. Chard Mayor Cllr Cathie Morrison joined Sgt Rees on Thursday for a walkabout, heading to the Guildhall to canvass opinions.
Sgt Rees said: “It is the first time we have gone out together and it will go hand in hand with the initiative.
“It is all about getting a feeling of what the public want from the police and what they expect from the police.”
Police are aiming to show they are being proactive rather than reactive.
Cllr Morrison added: “I have always been an advocate of the police and keen to improve the working relationship they have in the town.
“Obviously, there are things that aren't going to be possible – we have to be realistic with what people are asking for and what can be achieved.”
The survey offers people an opportunity to have a ten-minute chat, raise questions and learn about the police are responsible for. For instance, the county council deals with issues related to town centre parking.
Some 112 interviews have been conducted so far – with key issues highlighted being anti-social behaviour and a need for increased police visibility.