Across the force area our neighbourhood policing teams, police cadets and volunteers are taking to the streets and going door-to-door to speak with as many people as they can as part of our new 'Humber Talking' initiative.
Humber Talking is all about understanding what life is like for people living in the areas which we serve, and what we can do to help. Launched on Tuesday 25 September, it marks the beginning of an ongoing conversation with the people we serve in our communities.
The first phase of the initiative is taking place in the Beverley Road area of Hull. We've been inviting over 11,000 residents in more than 9,500 homes to talk to us about issues that are important to them so we can work together to tackle problems and really make a difference to people’s everyday lives.
Assistant Chief Constable Scott Young explains more about the project: "We want to get closer to the people we serve and really understand what it’s like to live and work in those communities. We want to know what’s great about where they live, what’s not so great, what may be worrying people and how we can work with them to tackle those worries and issues.
"We’ve always had strong neighbourhood teams in Humberside Police, and our local policing teams do a great job in getting out and about and meeting residents. They attend open days in local communities, pitch up in local supermarkets and libraries, and of course chat to people whilst walking the beat. But this project is something different.
"This is going to take local policing to the next level because we are going to be knocking on the door of every home in that area and hopefully speaking to everyone about what’s important to them.’
"Often when we go out into the community we meet people who are already engaged with us, who want to talk to us – but we know that there are many others who are not engaged with us and do not want to approach us for many different reasons.
"Sometimes this could be a language barrier and for some community groups, it could be a trust issue. Some people may be in a vulnerable position – such as victims of domestic abuse or those being coerced into criminal behaviour – and do not want to be seen to approach the police.
"This project is our attempt to reach everyone, hear about what life is like, and hopefully work together with them, and other partners – to make things better."
Police and Crime Commissioner, Keith Hunter is supporting the initiative and is keen for the force to listen to its communities more. He said: "I welcome this initiative and I know that when you go and ask people face to face, they do have strong opinions about the police, about the sort of service they’d like and I know that most people want to live and work in a place where they feel safe. Starting a conversation with residents is the first step in changing our communities for the better.
"It’s important that local residents feel that they are able to help themselves and improve their own lives, but sometimes they need the support of the authorities to do this. This is what Humber Talking is aiming to do.
"It’s a very good time to do this – we have many new officers in the force, and with them they bring enthusiasm and ideas, but this project will help them really understand the people that they are there to serve."
The pilot began on Tuesday 25 September and will take around a month to complete. The exact areas included in the pilot are shown on the map below. We will then roll out Humber Talking to the whole force area over the following months.
We'll be asking you to take a short digital survey done on your doorstep. Data gathered will be used to set priorities for our neighbourhood teams, and where issues are raised that are not police issues, we will work with our relevant partners to make sure they are aware of them.
All those taking part in the project will be eligible to enter a prize draw. The winner will receive a security camera and kit worth around £250, kindly provided by Ring and VISAV.
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