By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 23 August 2013 Updated: 23/08 07:58
POLICE have moved to quash doubts over the future of community meetings within the borough.
Fears were raised by county councillors following an officer reportedly confirming Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings would be facing the axe.
But a West Mercia Police spokeswoman said police remained committed to ‘local engagement’ with the public.
“We continue to listen and respond to the community through a number of different ways including the long established PACT forums.
“As we move forward with our new local policing model, together with the police and crime commissioner, we will be looking to build upon our engagement approaches and explore how we can reach out to as many people within our communities as currently possible.”
In a statement, Coun Peter McDonald – Labour group leader for Worcestershire County Council – called on chief constable David Shaw to clarify the situation.
Echoing his calls, fellow county councillor Pattie Hill told the Standard: “These meetings are important and should continue. Problems shared may mean no problems, surely that must be good for our community?”
Coun Rebecca Blake said although Redditch Borough Council wished to see PACT meetings continue, they would continue to work closely with the police and residents.
“It’s important residents know when and where they can regularly access police, councillors and partners in their own community.
“Together we can work to resolve local problems more effectively than in isolation and I know many people enjoy the local updates.
“PACT meetings work in different ways across the town and a mix of regular sit down meetings as well as walking street PACTs has proved effective.”
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