Commissioner begins public engagement meetings

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes has started a series of public engagement meetings.

Commissioner begins public engagement meetings

Richard Rhodes talks to community members Credit: ITV News Border

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes has started a series of public engagement meetings.

At the Living Well community centre in Raffles, Carlisle, Mr Rhodes spoke to community groups and asked what they wanted from the police.

For over an hour the commissioner listened to local issues.

Office of Public Engagement launched in Carlisle

Richard Rhodes, Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Credit: ITV News Border

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, is launching his Office of Public Engagement at the Living Well Trust in Carlisle.

The purpose of the office is to allow the public to meet with Mr Rhodes and share their views on his policing.

Over the course of the year there will be a number of activities held, such as regular surgeries and visits to town centres and county shows .

Primarily, Mr Rhodes will be focusing on people's views about the budget, policing priorities, quality of service and victim services.

Cumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes, said:

"As Police and Crime Commissioner, I am elected to provide a voice for the public in policing Cumbria and to ensure that people's views are considered in key decision making.

"I am at the Living Well Trust talking to people to hear first-hand their experiences and what matters most to them.

"The Office of Public Engagement is being established to guarantee a direct dialogue between the Commissioner (my role) and the general public.

"It has a variety of activities proposed to allow for peoples preferences of how they would like to communicate.

"I understand that often people with a busy working life like to communicate from the comfort of their own home at a night with others prefer the more traditional way of face-to-face both are equally important and are included along with a host of other methods."

Members of the public are being encouraged to come along to the events and share their thoughts with Mr Rhodes.

You can find out when the events are being held by clicking here.

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