As your Police and Crime Commissioner it is my mission to make you, your family, and your community safer. One of my ten pledges is to stand up and speak out for all communities, listening to, responding to, and acting upon your views, carrying out meaningful consultation with the public to inform our business.
Since my election, and campaigning beforehand, I have listened to thousands of people from the community, in business, specialist partners and the Chief Constable’s team, who deliver the operational policing. This was an important first step before updating the Police and Crime Plan.
I am now consulting regularly, and you can find my open surveys and consultations on this page. You can also sign up to the mailing list to receive a monthly alert about open consultations. See the latest email here.
The government are consulting on measures to criminalise trespassing when setting up an unauthorised encampment in England and Wales.
The vast majority of travelling communities reside in caravans on authorised traveller sites. Indeed, out of the 23,726 caravans in England and Wales in July 2018, only 1049 (4.4%) were on unauthorised sites that were not owned by the occupants. However, there have been long-standing concerns about the disproportionate impact of these unauthorised encampments, where significant distress has been caused to local communities and where local authorities have consequently had to deal with a range of issues.
The government are therefore consulting on whether and how the setting up of or residing on an unauthorised encampment should be made an offence, as well as seeking views on the previously proposed changes to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to lower the criteria that must be met for the police to be able to direct people away from unauthorised sites, which could be introduced as an alternative to criminalisation.
This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 4 March 2020.
It is important that as a resident of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton you have the opportunity to talk to us about your thoughts, views and experiences on local policing, community safety and solutions to improving the life opportunities for all our residents.
Having your voice heard and seeing how you have contributed to positive change for individuals and communities is our goal. We want to provide focus groups and consultation opportunities on a range of themes and topics, all of which feed directly into the work of the Commissioner and his team.
We’d really like to hear from you. We ask you take the time to register your interest in being a part of our focus group and consultation opportunities. This link takes you to a registration form where you can complete your details securely and let us know the types of things you’d like to talk to us about.
Register your interest here: https://www.surveygizmo.eu/s3/90145045/Focus-Group-and-Consultation-participant-registration
Reports from our previous focus groups can be found on the results and reports page.