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Police to host new public meetings in Sheffield

Oxspring Bank , meeting Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting� In the past nobody has attended these meetings leaving.

Oxspring Bank , meeting Police and Community Together (PACT) meeting� In the past nobody has attended these meetings leaving.

Police in a busy Sheffield district are to hold public meetings again to give residents the chance to raise issues of concern.

Officers in the Woodseats and Gleadless Valley Safer Neighbourhood Team have opted to host Police and Communities Together meetings again to find out at a grassroots level what problems affect residents.

Meetings will be held twice a month, with residents and police setting new priorities every three months. Police chiefs said they were poorly attended in the past.

Insp Ian Stubbs, of the Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Following a review of community engagement across the force a decision has been made to reintroduce PACT meetings.

“These will be public meetings chaired by a local councillor and used to inform local policing priorities. We will still be doing drop-in sessions at supermarkets, and email, and social media engagement.

“The meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to meet officers and partners face to face and discuss any issue in the community.

“The meetings will be held bi-monthly and will rotate between the different ward areas.

“The last time we tried this approach the meetings were very poorly attended, sometimes no one attended.

“I would be interested in people’s views about how we can make this work and whether there is a need for such meetings.”

The first meeting is to be held at St Peters, Woodstock Road,Nether Edge, at 2pm on February 17.

 

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