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Come and meet your police chiefs – Sunderland

22nd July 2014

Residents in Sunderland will have the chance to quiz their police chiefs at a public meeting next week (Tuesday, July 29).

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 Sunderland Civic Centre chaired by Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Paul Watson.

Councillor Watson said: “Public engagement is a vital part in the continuing process of increasing public confidence in the police and working together to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Meetings like this help bring community safety partners together with residents to discuss local issues and concerns, and I’d like to encourage people to attend.

“I’d like to thank the Commissioner and Chief Constable for giving us all the opportunity to ask questions in an open, public forum and hope they can provide the answers to a wide range of questions.”

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 Watson for hosting this meeting and giving us this chance to speak with Sunderland residents face-to-face.

“The style of the meeting 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 Sunderland once again on July 29.”

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 Tuesday, July 29, in the Council Chamber at Sunderland Civic Centre, Burdon Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR2 7SN.