‘Have confidence in the police’, urges Hampshire’s commissioner

Police and Crime Commisioner for Hampshire Simon Hayes'.
Police and Crime Commisioner for Hampshire Simon Hayes'.

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THE Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire has said he is reassured that the public can have confidence in policing in the county.

Simon Hayes quizzed Chief Constable Andy Marsh at a public Compass (Commissioners Performance, Accountability, Scrutiny and Strategy) meeting in Winchester.

The focus of the discussion between Mr Hayes and Mr Marsh was public confidence in policing which is of national and local interest due to a number of high-profile cases that have affected public confidence.

This includes the handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder and the Hillsborough disaster.

Mr Hayes set out to seek reassurances that similar failings will not happen here.

Speaking to The News, Mr Hayes said: ‘In my meetings with the public, they have expressed concerns, because of what they read in the media, that there is little confidence in the police data-gathering process where crimes are reported and not registered properly.

‘He listed the process and the checking that the constabulary goes through and the dip sampling that they do to make sure that things are being recorded correctly.

‘He was confident that between 90 and 95 per cent of the data that we collect was accurate and he’s confident that we have thorough processes that do indicate the true level of crimes reported and the accuracy of it.

‘He was robust in his response. I will be checking that to make sure that high standards are maintained.’

And Mr Hayes said public confidence is vital.

‘It’s what we are about. If the public don’t have confidence in policing in their own area in particular, then the whole concept which is the basis of policing in this country breaks down.

‘It gives me confidence that the constabulary isn’t prepared to accept bad or corrupt behaviour from its officers.

‘I feel reassured and the public can be reassured that the historic things that have happened are not happening in Hampshire.’