A new SMS texting initiative has been launched to help keep members of the public informed on details of their local neighbourhood policing team and their police force non-emergency number.
Text messaging is just one of a few measures that are being introduced to improve interaction between the local community and police and it is expected to help improve communication on both sides.
The initiative named Policing Pledge has been introduced after Government research found that only 47% of people know what service to expect from their local police, compared to 74% from their GP & 62% from their local council. These figures suggest that a large proportion of society are not clear about what their local their police are doing or how to actually get in touch with them in a non-emergency situation.
The Government insists that Policing Pledge, which was rolled out nationally in December 2008, is a new and clear deal for what the public can expect from the police force.
Today, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Crime & Justice Adviser Louise Casey are launching a campaign to highlight Government commitment to give local people a greater say and influence over how local communities are policed. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said: “I am determined to give people a louder voice about how crime is tackled in their communities so we can continue to drive down crime and drive up public confidence.
People can simply Text PLEDGE + your POSTCODE to 66101 in order to get details of the local team.