Give verdict on police vision
Members of the public are being asked for their views on police and crime commissioner Sir Clive Loader's vision for the force.
Sir Clive, who was elected to the post in November, has written a plan in which he spells out his priorities for fighting crime over the next four years.
Now, he says he is keen to hear the views of as many people as possible before Monday, March 11. The plan, which is still in its draft stage, was first unveiled in January.
In it, the retired RAF Air Chief Marshal says he wants Chief Constable Simon Cole and his officers to continue to drive down offences such as burglary, vehicle crime, robbery, sexual assault, domestic abuse and alcohol-related violence.
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He also sets out his vision for dealing with alcohol and drug addiction and addressing the cost to the force of missing person inquiries, particularly cases of people who repeatedly leave local authority care or mental health units.
Sir Clive has held meetings with residents and groups to listen to concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour.
He said: "This draft plan reflects my vision for policing Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and also the hopes and expectations of people who live in our communities.
"It is important to remember the plan can be refreshed and developed in future – and we will always take public views and experiences into account.
"We also have to be able to pay for what we want to do, but I'm confident the budget proposed will enable us to do that."
Chief Constable Simon Cole said: "I have been consulted by Sir Clive while he has constructed the plan and it takes into account the force's strategic assessment and the consultation surveys which seek the views of people.
"The plan also reflects the challenges of our budget ahead."
Politicians are to call on Sir Clive Loader to rewrite his plans for policing the city and county.
Last month, the Mercury reported a dispute had broken out over how a £1.6 million Government crime-fighting fund should be spent.
The money used to be paid directly to the county council, but now goes to Sir Clive, who is responsible for spending it.
Sir Clive has told the council he will give it half the cash to cover the six months from April, but not, for now, the full year's grant.
He has told the council he wants to see evidence the cash is being spent wisely and the projects it funds are delivering results.
The council said Sir Clive's decisions had been taken without sufficient consultation and had led to uncertainty about the future of some of those services and projects, as well as a number of jobs.
The plan is available on the police and crime commissioner's website below.
Members of the public can contact him and his team via the website, by calling 0116 229 8980 or by e-mail at: