PCC Matthew Grove 'disappointed' after crime plan meeting is cancelled due to lack of interest
POLICE and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove has expressed his "disappointment" after just three people said they wished to take part in a consultation on cutting crime – forcing him to cancel.
He said despite extensive publicity he was shocked so few people wished to attend the event at the Grimsby Institute.
As reported, the aim of the evening had been to allow members of the public to discuss his Police And Crime Plan, which sets out his vision for cutting crime.
Mr Grove, pictured, said: "It is important for me to hear the views of the public and my office has contacted all three individually and sent them a copy of the plan and I will respond to their feedback."
The commissioner's plan includes a drive to target crime hotspots, as 45 per cent of all crime in the Humberside Police force area takes place in just 16 of the 81 wards covered.
Mr Grove is also aiming for greater collaboration with health services to tackle drug addicts and stem the spiral of drug abusers' children continuing with problems faced by their parents.
For those who could not attend the consultation this week, there is another chance for people to have their say, face-to-face, next month.
He said: "Historically, with the former police authority, public meetings held on an evening are usually poorly attended, which is why I am holding regular street surgeries on Saturday mornings.
"These have been very successful and I will be holding another in Grimsby on Saturday April 6, at Freeman Street Market, from 10am to 12pm.
"I welcome feedback from the public on crime and policing in North East Lincolnshire and I look forward to meeting residents at the next street surgery."