THE PUBLIC are being asked to air their views on policing in Cumbria.

Cumbria Police has launched its annual public consultation which gives the county's residents a chance to express a view on local policing, how confident they are in the constabulary, concern about crime in their area and the police response to coronavirus.

The survey will inform how policing is ran in the future and is held by the constabulary and the office of the police and crime commissioner.

Chief constable Michelle Skeer said: "We are privileged to serve in an area which is one of the safest places in the country to live, work and visit.

“This year we have all been affected by the challenge of a global health pandemic, our officers and staff alongside partners have worked closely together following the government’s guidance and regulations to keep the people of Cumbria safe.

She said: “It is essential that we do not become complacent and therefore we want to hear from you, our communities, on your thoughts about how we police and your views on our handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

"Your responses will help us shape how policing in Cumbria will look over the next few years and beyond.

“I’d encourage anyone to set aside the short amount of time it takes to complete this survey and help us keep people safe in our county.”

Peter McCall, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I would like to encourage people to take a few moments to complete this survey and let me know your thoughts and suggestions about policing in Cumbria."