“Residents and business people like you from all over Derbyshire are telling me about policing in your communities,” Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles tells us.
“Hearing what you have to say about your experiences allows me to represent your interests more effectively.
“Last week on Friday, June 21, I talked to local people at the Have Your Say event in Severn Square, Alfreton, where I heard about their concerns and what makes them feel safe.
“I was delighted that so many took the time to come along and tell me and members of Derbyshire Constabulary about life in their locality.
“There are more Have Your Say events to come round the county, including at The Police Experience in Derby’s Market Place on Saturday, June 29 from 10am to 4pm. If you are out and about shopping, do come and talk to us.
“Earlier this year, I was pleased to launch my first Crime Prevention Fund of £250,000.
“This is for allocation to community groups, public sector bodies or charitable organisations that share my vision for a safer Derbyshire and support the priorities outlined in my Police and Crime Plan.
“The first round of grants has now been decided but the second round is open for applications until July 24, 2013, with a further opportunity in October.
“I am often humbled to hear of the fantastic work done in the interests of making our communities safer, but I am also aware that there are those who feel alone in facing nuisance or criminality in their neighbourhood. This is why I urge people to talk to me and let me be their voice.
“My contact details are www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 0300 122 6000 or write to The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Butterley Hall, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3RS.”