Views sought on contacting police via 101 and 999

Residents in North Yorkshire are being asked to take a few minutes to tell police chiefs about their experiences of calling the force by phone.

The Police Contact Survey runs until midnight on Sunday 26th June and wants to know your thoughts on dialling 101 or 999 - as well as your preferences for how you would like to be able to contact the police locally.

Click here to take part in the survey

Participants are being asked a series of questions testing their understanding of emergency and non-emergency reporting systems, as well as newly emerging ways of contacting the police - like web chat, online forms and messaging over social media.

The survey, run by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, will help inform police forces, the Home Office and local Commissioners on any challenges around reporting to the police and assist in forming plans for the future.

North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe said: “Reporting to 101 and 999 remains a challenging area of business for police forces across the country. The needs of those making contact must be understood, and we must prioritise those most in need.

“In North Yorkshire and York we must be as accessible as possible, so that people can contact and report crime and incidents to us in a way and at a time that suits the public, which is highlighted in my recently launched Police and Crime Plan.

“I have expressed my concerns to the Chief Constable regarding poor call handling times. The Chief Constable and I are committed to significantly improving the customer contact experience and call handling times, and will monitor performance closely with the aim to improve the service as a priority.  This will also include the call-waiting times for the non-emergency 101 service.”

Commissioner Zoë will spotlight North Yorkshire’s Force Control Room performance in her next Public Accountability Meeting this week (Tuesday 24th May), asking the Chief Officer for improvements to be made in the call handling times of both 999 and 101, with details on what has been and what will be delivered, and by when.

Members of the public can submit their questions in advance of the meeting via email to info@northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk and are asked to include their name and address. Alternatively, you can ask a question during the meeting using Twitter, by including #NYscrutiny in your tweet.

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