Commissioner invites public questions as she holds first performance meeting with Surrey’s new Chief Constable

A live stream of Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend’s first Public Performance Meeting with Surrey Police’s new Chief Constable will be broadcast next week.

The Commissioner will talk to Tim De Meyer about his vision for the Force and how he intends to tackle those issues important to residents at the meeting which starts at 6:30pm on Tuesday 16 May.

It will include an update on the Force’s performance, as well as questions from the public on key areas including response times and public confidence in the police.

You can watch it here.

It comes as Tim enters his seventh week as Surrey’s new Chief, after the Commissioner appointed him in January this year.

The regular meeting forms a key part of Lisa’s role to scrutinise the service that Surrey Police provides to residents, including a review of performance measures that are publicly available for residents to view using the office’s new Data Hub.

It will specifically focus on how the Chief will lead delivery against the priorities in her Police and Crime Plan that is informed by Surrey residents and stakeholders. It includes improving road safety, preventing violence against women and girls, supporting young people and tackling anti-social behaviour.

The meeting will address a recent decline in 101 and 999 answering times, focusing on measures being put in place to improve the response that callers receive.

The Commissioner will also ask about the positive steps that Surrey Police is taking to root out misogyny and inappropriate behaviour in its ranks, alongside the success of the Force’s recruitment campaign that means there are now more police officers in the ranks than ever before.

Commissioner Lisa Townsend said: “I was delighted to welcome Tim to the Force in April and I know he has wasted no time in getting to grips with the challenges that lie ahead.

““Holding the Chief Constable to account for the performance of Surrey Police is at the heart of my role as your Commissioner. So I am really pleased to get this first opportunity to talk to Tim publicly about his fresh perspective on policing in Surrey and how he intends to tackle those issues that residents tell me are important to them.

“Members of the public can get involved by sharing their questions and views, so that my office and Surrey Police can work together to improve the service for everyone.”

Viewers will not need a Facebook account to watch the meeting live but will need to login to ask questions. You can also share your questions for the meeting in advance using our contact page.

A recording will be made available to view for anyone who can’t tune in on the night.

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