Commissioner’s Priority: Improve Public Confidence in Policing
Published: 6 November 2021
On 1 November 2021 John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, launched his Police and Crime Plan, outlining his six key priorities for policing, crime and community safety in the county for the next three years. One of these priorities is to improve public confidence in policing.
It’s vital that communities across Cheshire have confidence in the Constabulary that is there to protect them. Public confidence, leading to increased crime reporting and cooperation with the police, will play a key role in preventing crime in the county.
In his Plan, the Commissioner outlines how he plans to increase public confidence. This includes:
Delivering a visible police service.
Recruiting more police officers.
Improving public contact.
Embracing diversity in our communities.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said:
“Confidence in policing breeds trust, legitimacy and consent, which are good things in and of themselves. However, it’s also a great tool in the Constabulary’s arsenal as it can result in better crime reporting, which in turn gives the police better community intelligence to tackle crime and give confidence to victims.”
“Increased confidence comes with increased visibility too, and I will continue to invest in neighbourhood policing to ensure officers are seen in our communities. Here in Cheshire we’re taking advantage of the Government’s Uplift Program, and we’re on track to achieve our highest number of officers in modern times.”
Recent events such as the murder of Sarah Everard have highlighted the importance of ensuring that the police work to rebuild and maintain the confidence of the people they are there to protect.
John Dwyer added:
“Trust, and by association confidence, can take a long time to earn, but seconds to break. I promise to do all I can to ensure that the communities of Cheshire feel represented by those who are there to protect them.
“Confidence will also come from the police being as contactable and responsive as possible. I’ve heard many comments about the 101 non-emergency system and I’ve been working with the Chief Constable to address these issues. I’m pleased to say we’ve already seen improvements in this area.”