Police body unveils priorities after consulting public

HUMBERSIDE Police Authority says it has responded to concerns raised by public and the business community with its priorities for the next 12 months.

The goals for Humberside Police are agreed annually and this time form part of the first year of a three-year strategic plan.

Until March 2011 the force will focus on:

Increasing public confidence and satisfaction;

Tackling priorities of the local business community;

Reducing and detecting the most serious crimes, including burglary and violence, and focusing on drug-related issues;

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Protecting the public from the threat of terrorism, violent extremism and serious and organised crime;

Managing the risk of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage.

Authority chairman Alene Branton said: "We are determined that the way policing is provided in the Humberside area will meet the expectations of local people. So we consulted widely with different communities, with businesses, with partners and with the police force.

"We believe that people will recognise that we have listened to what they have said and responded appropriately.

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"The local priorities provide the focus for the first year of our three-year strategic plan which highlights our vision for securing outstanding policing. It also illustrates the level of service that people can expect from Humberside Police, particularly as a result of the Policing Pledge, where Humberside Police was one of just eight forces to be assessed as performing well by HMIC (Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary)."

The authority said crime had fallen by nearly 10 per cent in the force area between March 2009 and February this year.