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Come and Meet Your Police Chiefs – South Tyneside

6th June 2014

Come and Meet your Police Chiefs in South Tyneside Residents in South Tyneside will have the chance to quiz their police chiefs at a public meeting next week (Monday, June 9).

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC and Chief Constable Sue Sim QPM will answer questions at a public meeting in the council chamber at South Shields Town Hall chaired by South Tyneside Council Leader Cllr Iain Malcolm.

Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “This is an opportunity for residents to come and meet the people in charge of policing the Borough and raise the issues that are affecting them.

“They will be able to air their views and ask questions about what is being done to cut crime and continue to make South Tyneside a safe place to live.

“I’d encourage people to come along and ask about the issues that matter to them as well as make suggestions about how policing in the area could be improved.”

The meeting will involve an overview from Vera Baird and Sue Sim and then the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.

The Commissioner, Vera Baird said: “I hope people will accept this invitation to come and find out more about policing in their area. Sue Sim, the Chief Constable, and I will also take questions.

“I would like to thank Councillor Iain Malcolm for hosting this meeting and giving us this chance to speak with South Tyneside residents face-to-face.

“The style of the meetings will be informal because we want people to feel that it is their meeting and feel comfortable about raising any issues they may have.

“Hearing from people first hand is very important to me, and I hope people will have plenty of questions and suggestions. Meeting local residents is a big part of my job, I regularly visit communities across Northumbria and I look forward to being in South Tyneside once again on June 9.”

Chief Constable Sue Sim said: “The Commissioner and I are keen to hear from people about their neighbourhoods and any issues they may have in their area.

“We are absolutely committed to delivering the policing service people tell us they want, and both the Commissioner and I regularly consult communities to hear their views and ask them about their priorities.

“This is an opportunity for people to speak to us face-to-face and ask questions.
“I would encourage everyone to come along and raise the issues that matter to them.”
The meeting will start at 6pm on Monday, June 9, in the Council Chamber at South Shields Town Hall, Westoe Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, NE33 2RL