Residents will get the chance to have their say on policing in their local communities as Surrey Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner team up to hold a series of public engagement events over the next three months.
The ‘Policing Your Community’ events will take place from 24 October 2023 – 29 January 2024 and offer residents the opportunity to put their questions about local policing to the Commissioner Lisa Townsend, Chief Constable Tim De Meyer and the Inspector responsible for the local policing where they live.
It comes at an exciting time for the Force, with more police officers in Surrey’s communities than ever before.
New Chief Constable Tim De Meyer was appointed by the Commissioner in April and will talk about the current challenges and plans for Surrey Police.
The events throughout this winter will also take place ahead of the Commissioner’s planned consultation on the amount that residents will contribute towards policing from next year’s council tax, giving residents a chance to learn more about how their money is used both visibly – and behind the scenes – to boost crime fighting across Surrey.
Arrival for in-person events begins at 6:30pm with presentations starting at 6:45pm. Events are free to attend but residents are urged to register their attendance by selecting the link for their local event below:
- Tuesday 24 October – Guildford
- Thursday 26 October – Mole Valley
- Monday 30 October – Surrey Heath
- Wednesday 01 November – Spelthorne
- Monday 06 November – Epsom & Ewell
- Wednesday 08 November – Reigate & Banstead
- Monday 13 November – Elmbridge
- Monday 20 November – Tandridge
- Wednesday 22 November – Woking
- Wednesday 29 November – Runnymede
- Monday 04 December – Waverley
For those that can’t make it, additional virtual events will take place online for each borough and district from Monday 08 January until 29 January 2024:
- 18:00-19:00 Monday, 08 January – Surrey Heath
- 19:45-20:45 Monday, 08 January – Spelthorne
- 18:00-19:00 Tuesday, 09 January – Elmbridge
- 18:00-19:00 Tuesday, 16 January – Runnymede
- 19:45-20:45 Tuesday, 16 January – Reigate & Banstead
- 18:00-19:00 Wednesday, 17 January – Mole Valley
- 19:45-20:45 Wednesday, 17 January – Tandridge
- 18:00-19:00 Monday, 22 January – Guildford
- 19:45-20:45 Monday, 22 January – Epsom & Ewell
- 18:00-19:00 Monday, 29 January – Woking
- 19:45-20:45 Monday, 29 January – Waverley
Commissioner Lisa Townsend said: “Listening to the views of local people is at the heart of my role as your Police and Crime Commissioner and strengthening the relationships between Surrey Police and residents is a key part of my Police and Crime Plan for the county.
“These events will give residents an opportunity to speak to us directly about the policing issues that matter where they live, as well as hear about the progress that my office and Surrey Police are making against that Plan which is based on the priorities of the public.
“It is a really exciting time, as we put more officers than ever before on the ground and aim to boost the service that residents receive. I hope that residents will join us at the event in their area so we can include their voice in our policing plans.”
Chief Constable Tim De Meyer said: “We want to provide the best possible policing service and it is extremely important that our residents are kept up to date. These events will enable us to speak to the public about current challenges and our plans for Surrey Police and are an opportunity for you to ask questions. It would be great to see as many of you there as possible.”