Local residents are being asked to give their views on the way crime is dealt with in their communities.

A survey is being launched today (Friday, November 24) inviting people's views on policing issues, including whether they support plans to reopen police enquiry offices and whether they want more robust action against drugs.

The results of the survey will help the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Alison Hernandez, to set her priorities and plan the budget for the 2024-25 financial year.

The survey is a chance for respondents to give their views on the level of the precept – the amount levied through council tax bills to locally fund policing – which the Commissioner will set in the new year.

For the first time the Commissioner is also asking for feedback on the use of artificial intelligence such as facial recognition cameras, and how supportive people are of using this technology to catch dangerous offenders.

Ms Hernandez said: “Seeking views from members of the public is one of my core duties. In recent years the public’s views have helped set my policing priorities of tackling antisocial behaviour, drugs, dangerous driving and violent crime, as well as letting me know there is huge support for our policy of reopening police stations.

“I want people of all ages and backgrounds to help me again by taking a few minutes to take part in this survey.”

The survey can be completed online via the website of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall or at http://dcpcc.commonplace.is, in person at engagement events, or over the phone by calling 01392 225 555.