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Police boss wants “eyes and ears” of the community
3:00pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
THE region’s police and crime commissioner wants to splash £15,000 on employing five “eyes and ears” of the community.
Bill Longmore has decided to hunt for five people who can get critical feedback from residents about their views and fears of crime.
The move is an admission that Mr Longmore is struggling to reach out to enough households across West Mercia’s vast landscape.
The new recruits will each be given particular patches to cover including south Worcestershire, north Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford.
Each recruit will have to put aside three days a month to get feedback from communities on key policing issues, and act as a ‘go to’ between the public and Mr Longmore.
However, the idea has been criticised by politicians, who say they will want to see evidence it works.
Worcestershire County Councillor Peter McDonald said: “To me this is one of the biggest insults you can offer to councillors - we are here ourselves for the very purpose he’s talking about.
“If he wants the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community, he’s got parish, district and county councillors across West Mercia who can fill him in.”
Mr Longmore said he is looking for “talented and passionate” people to join his team with the five “ambassadors” getting a £3,000 allowance each.
He already has one member of staff working as a co-ordinator for the project.
Mr Longmore said: “People’s views so far have been invaluable and I hope that by expanding this scheme it will help me to reach out to them further.
“We will be expecting a great deal from the successful candidates as they will be fundamental to help us make the area even more vibrant and safe.”
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