An online survey of policing priorities has been launched in a bid to create a “people’s police service”, MPs said.
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said the poll aimed to establish which areas of police work were most important to members of the public and which should be a lower priority.
Police forces are making cuts and face tough decisions over the future of some specialist teams in the wake of the government’s 20% budget cuts.
“Far too often the views of the public are ignored in favour of the ‘good and the great’,” Mr Vaz, left, said.
“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.”