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OPCC community engagement results

On this page you will find information and results relating to polls and surveys conducted by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner as the Commissioner has sought the views of the public to aid decision making.

Priorities (May 2019 - September 2019):
At 37 events across Devon and Cornwall and online, the OPCC communications and engagement team asked the public what their spending priorities for policing would be. They gave members of the public three coins/votes each and asked them the following:

"To feel safer, I would like more policing..." with the answer options of in my neighbourhood; on the internet; on the roads; on preventing crime; preparing for national emergency and other.

A total of 25,988 coins were dropped at the events (26,625 when including online) which equates to approximately 8,666 people (8,875 including online response).

Results were as follows:

Precept survey (January 2019):
The PCC conducted an online survey asking members of the public whether they would support a 'pay more to get more' approach to policing. The survey consisted of questions tailored for each property banding noting how much the increase would be for them.

A total of 4,617 people took part in a precept poll and results indicated there was support, with 54% voting in favour of the additional investment if it was devoted to frontline officers.

Speeding (November 2018 - January 2019):
A total of 2,680 people took part in the online survey run by the PCC relating to speeding. The results show overwhelming support for more stringent enforcement of road traffic laws (85% in favour), stiffer penalties for those caught speeding (80% in favour) and for a proportion of the money from fines to come locally for road safety initiatives and enforcement (88% in favour).

Question 3: do you agree that a proportion of the money raised through the road traffic fines should be reinvested into local road safety and police enforcement rather than taken by the Government.

Road safety (May 2018 - September 2018):
The OPCC communications and engagement team asked members of the public face to face at 25 events what their two biggest road safety concerns were. Members of the public were asked to use two coins to answer the following question:

"Which two of the following are of the biggest concern to you?" with the answer options of road condition; speeding; distraction driving (including mobile phone use); drink/drug driving; inexperienced motorists on rural roads and other.

Approximately 5,122 people took part in the coin drop with distraction driving (including mobile use) coming out on top with 58%, closely followed by drink/drug driving with 53%.

Merger (June 2018 - August 2018):
The chief constables of Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police with both PCCs conducted a survey to explore the possibility of merging the two forces. Please vist the Future Policing website for more information about the merger and the survey results.

Precept survey (January 2018):
The PCC asked the public through a policing precept poll whether they think policing in Devon and Cornwall requires more investment and whether they would be prepared to pay an additional £1 per month to support policing.

Out of the 4,109 individuals who took part, 87% believed that our police force needs more investment and 71% said they would be willing to pay an additional £1 per month for local policing.

Question 2: would you be prepared to pay an additional £1 per month to support policing in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

External surveys
In their January 2020 resident survey, Cornwall Council asked residents "what one thing Cornwall Council should improve". The highest response (17%) given by residents was to increase the number of police on patrol/improve the crime rate in Cornwall. The full results from Cornwall Council's resident survey (January 2020) can be found here.