PCC invites your views on policing in the county: next stop Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore is stagtim & garething a series of seven public meetings across the county through May and June. He is encouraging people to ask him, and the temporary Chief Constable any questions they may have about policing in the county.

There will be a meeting in each of the county’s district and borough areas:
ST EDMUNDSBURY: The Farmers Club, 10 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1HQ on Thursday 21 May.
WAVENEY: Rifle Hall, London Road, Halesworth IP19 8LW on Monday 1 June.
FOREST HEATH: The Riverside House Hotel, 17 Mill Street, Mildenhall IP28 7DP on Monday 8 June.
BABERGH: The Grand Hall, Hadleigh Town Hall Complex, Market Place Hadleigh IP7 5DN on Wednesday 10 June.
IPSWICH: The Kingfisher Pub, 301 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QX on Wednesday 17 June.

Thank you to those who attended MID SUFFOLK: Eye Community Centre on Wednesday 13 May. SUFFOLK COASTAL: King George’s Community Centre, Leiston on Tuesday 19 May.

These meetings are an opportunity for the public to ask questions of the Commissioner and the Temporary Chief Constable and to find out more about policing in the county.
Tim Passmore said: “Having direct contact with the people of Suffolk that I represent is extremely important to me.
“I make myself available to anyone who needs to speak to me through one-to-one surgeries and directly via e-mail and on the phone, but it is equally important to have these bigger meetings where people can question me in a more open forum.
“I do hope people will accept this invite to come and find out more about policing. Gareth Wilson, the Temporary Chief Constable, and I will be pleased to discuss any matter that arises.
“Public engagement is a key responsibility for every PCC and covering such a large geographical area, this is quite a challenge.
“I have set up a meeting in each district and borough to make it as easy as possible and I am hoping for an open and frank two-way dialogue, so please spread the word as I really want to encourage a good crowd.”
Each meeting will involve a quick overview from Tim Passmore and Gareth Wilson and then the public will have an opportunity to ask questions. There will be a senior police officer, responsible for policing in the local area, to add operational context.
All meetings start at 6.30pm and there is no need to book.



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