Text crime issues to police in new pilot scheme for Rutland

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Police are trialling a text message consultation in Rutland.

Leicestershire Police has launched the scheme to find out about crime concerns in the county.

Modern day policing is evolving and we need to do whatever we can to reach our communities using technology to our advantage.

PC Lee Green

Initially it will run in Rutland, which is part of the new Eastern Counties neighbourhood policing area with Melton Mowbray and Market Harborough. If the pilot proves successful it could be rolled out across the rest of the force area.

Anyone in Rutland who would like to take part can text NHPC and their postcode to 07860 017192. They will then receive a series of questions which they will respond to. The questions include:

l What local policing issue causes you the most concern?

l How would you like to see the police tackle this issue?

l Some details about yourself.

The responses received will help inform local policing priorities and ensure local officers are tackling the issues that matter most to that community. The force will still communicate in the usual ways.

PC Lee Green from the Rutland team said: “This is a really useful and innovative tool to help us reach our communities at a time which is convenient to them, gaining insight into the issues which affect them in their neighbourhoods.

“With the recent changes, we are already doing things differently. Modern day policing is evolving and we need to do whatever we can to reach our communities using technology to our advantage.”

The information collated from the text conversations will then be shared with the relevant beat team to inform their policing priorities.

Text messages are charged at the usual rate and once the conversation is over, Leicestershire Police will not contact the individual again.