HAMPSHIRE’S police and crime commissioner wants to hear the public’s questions about the county’s police force in light of criticism made about officers nationally.
Simon Hayes wants to take a list of people’s queries to a meeting with chief constable Andy Marsh, which will focus on people’s confidence in the force.
The commissioner’s office believes confidence has been ‘severely shaken’ in recent times following high-profile criticism of the conduct of officers, both past and present, in the handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder, the alleged police cover-up following the Hillsborough disaster, dishonest officers in the Plebgate affair and the police response to domestic abuse.
Mr Hayes said: ‘I will seek assurances from chief constable Andy Marsh that the public can trust Hampshire Constabulary in the way it conducts itself in relation to areas such as leadership, governance and standards, complaints processes, and data and statistics. So, I invite members of the public to submit their own questions on this particular topic.’
Questions must relate to confidence in policing, not discuss specific or individual cases or investigations and not be about the work of the police and crime commissioner, as the meeting will be about the performance of Hampshire Constabulary.
Questions have to be submitted by Thursday, April 24 and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 01962 871595.