The House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee has launched a consultation on policing priorities. The committee states that given the financial constraints that police forces face, they would like to hear which areas of work the public think should be a lower priority for the police. Committee chair, Keith Vaz commented that:

“Far too often the views of the public are ignored in favour of the ‘good and the great’. But it is the public who pay for this service so their views are paramount. This is a one of a kind opportunity for the public to directly influence Parliament.

We want the public to get involved with our inquiry and tell us what the police should be doing and what their top priorities should be. We hope as many people as possible will fill in the survey to help us create a people’s police service.”

It’s a fairly comprehensive list with three issues directly falling within the broad ambit of law and sexuality. These comprise of: monitoring sex offenders in the community, prostitution, and sexual assault – such as rape. It’s a shame that there’s no obvious scope to suggest that hanging around public sex environments should be less of a priority – although that could be caught under ‘anti-social behaviour’.
The site shows polls based on responses thus far which make for very interesting reading. You can view them here.

Check out the consultation page here.

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