Crime website can be voice of communityBy Victoria Smith
May 14, 2012
Tackling crime, helping charities and improving neighbourhoods are some of the aims of a pilot website to be trialled in Wokingham.
Thames Valley Police are working with Wokingham Borough Council to take the lead in trialling the new community safety website where users will be encouraged to help solve crime and neighbourhood issues.
The website will be created in partnership with a private company and will be independent of the police and council.
Chief Inspector Christian Bunt, commander of Wokingham police, said: “It will be independent of the police and local government and will be purely community driven.
“The website will encourage people to take an active role within their community with easy-to-find local projects and volunteering.
“The aim is that it will include information on what local action groups are doing and how the community can join in.
“The website will be a powerful community channel in supporting local charities, mutuals and social enterprises, allowing these groups to have a greater involvement and integration into the community and the running of the public services.
“It will be a source of community insights for local authorities and the police who would become better informed about public opinion through the online community’s discussions with them.”
The pilot website is expected to be launched at the end of September.
Before this, police and the council plan to run a series of focus groups across the community to identify what people would like the site to offer and how information could be best displayed.
Ch Insp Bunt said: “This is very much a website for the community and we want the community to be involved in deciding how it should work.”