Beat Speak - 11th April

A wide range of local people sacrifice their spare time to volunteer for Nottinghamshire Police and give something back to their communities by helping to keep people safe.

The work carried out by the volunteers frees up the neighbourhood policing team and gives them more time to concentrate on tackling crime and offenders.

We are currently leading a pilot in Mansfield and Kirkby where Community Safety Volunteers are supporting their local beat teams in collecting and processing Neighbourhood Priority Surveys.

The surveys are completed by local residents and tell us what you see as the key issues and what we, as a police force, should be focusing on.

The surveys are an incredibly useful tool when it comes to setting out our policing priorities, which is why the volunteers are taking the lead in ensuring we have a good cross section of opinions from local residents.

You may come across the volunteers at a number of local locations, like supermarkets, hospitals, schools and businesses, ready to advise you about how to make your views heard by completing a neighbourhood survey.

Please take a moment to speak with them and take the chance to influence policing where you live.

We hope this will improve the public consultation that goes into setting our neighbourhood policing priorities.

The survey takes just a moment to fill in and residents can get a hard copy of by speaking to one of the volunteers or by visiting their local police station.

Alternatively, it can be filled out very quickly online at www.neighbourhoodprioritysurvey.co.uk/ We are currently recruiting volunteers and Special Constables to the force. Becoming part of our volunteer workforce would allow you to play a vital role in helping Nottinghamshire Police to deliver and improve the service we provide.

You can make the most of your spare time, learn new skills, gain new experiences and make a difference by becoming a highly valued volunteer with us.

l Anyone who is interested in becoming a police volunteer should contact the volunteer recruitment team on 101 or email Volunteers@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk