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Public police meetings in Haverhill to make a come back

The public will once again have a say on local policing after priority setting meetings were cancelled earlier this year.

Up until February, Haverhill police’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team (SNT) held regular public meetings to decide priorities for local officers to concentrate on.

These meetings were scrapped, with no immediate alternatives put in place.

Police have, since then, been working on alternative ways to engage with the public and have now come up with a new format to help them gauge the community’s needs.

The new public engagement meetings will start on Monday, September 7 at 7pm. They will be held in Haverhill Arts Centre and are open for all to attend.

Inspector Peter Ferrie, the local policing commander for Haverhill, said he hoped the new meetings would include greater contributions from other partners within the town while still encouraging strong participation from the public.

Insp Ferrie said: “The meetings will be back but with a different format. There will be no top table and no vote. Everyone will be able to make their concerns known. It will be a chance for the public to talk to the police. We will film it and broadcast the meetings so that people at home can become involved.”

As part of the new format, Insp Ferrie has been working with media students at Samuel Ward Academy to work out new ways to engage with younger people.

They will be working together to produce an app to keep people up to date.

Insp Ferrie said: “This will be way ahead of what other forces are doing.”

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