PCC invites questions about policing during the COVID-19 pandemic for the Chief Constable

20 April 2020

Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner is inviting residents to submit their own questions for him to put to the Chief Constable on their behalf as part of his regular scrutiny and support meetings.

The questions can be on any areas of concern the public may have around policing and questions can also be asked on policing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Any questions the public would like the Commissioner to raise to the Chief Constable should be sent by 12 noon on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

The COMPASS (Commissioner’s Performance, Accountability, Scrutiny and Strategy) meeting will take place on Monday 4 May 2020 and will be filmed and available to access via the Commissioner’s digital platforms including here on this website. The film will show the Commissioner asking your questions and the Chief Constable’s answers.

The last meeting can be viewed above.

Michael Lane said: “In the last few weeks, Hampshire Constabulary, along with all forces, has been given new powers of enforcement to assist in protecting the public and ensuring appropriate behaviours to protect us all and save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Policing’s first action has been to engage, explain and encourage those creating risk to return home, obey social distancing and not to congregate. If this does not create the right response, the additional powers are welcome options to have.

“I would like to invite members of the public to send me any questions they have in relation to crime and policing during the pandemic that I can put directly to the Chief Constable on their behalf. This is an important opportunity to have your questions answered by the Chief Constable on this and any other policing concerns you may have to provide reassurance about the role of policing at this unprecedented and challenging time.”

He continued: “These COMPASS meetings are how I hold the Chief Constable publicly to account, and a full video recording will be available to watch soon after the meeting next week, via my website and social media channels.”

Anyone wishing to submit a question is asked to submit them to the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner by 12 noon on Tuesday 28 April 2020, by emailing opcc@hampshire.pnn.police.uk, filling in the contact form, or by leaving a voicemail on 01962 871595.

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