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HAVE YOUR SAY: What should Watford police prioritise?

 Published on: 1st May 2020   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Watford Safer Neighbourhood Teams are asking the public for their help in determining the policing priorities in their area.

From today (Friday, May 1) until Friday, May 15, residents of the town can have their say on what they think the police should be focusing on in their neighbourhood, by submitting their thoughts using the Constabulary’s online feedback platform, echo, here.

The information gathered online during the two-week campaign will be used to shape the town’s policing priorities for the following three months, before the teams then share the work that has been done to tackle the issues raised.

This will become a rolling process, with new policing priorities set each quarter.

Watford chief inspector Matt Phillips said: “During these unprecedented times it is more vital than ever that we continue to engage with our communities and listen to what they need from us. It is very much business as usual here in Watford, with my teams continuing their daily patrols, responding to incidents, problem-solving with communities and looking out for vulnerable residents. 

“Echo is a great way for us to maintain contact with the communities we serve and gather vital feedback to enable us to focus on the issues that are important to them, and target our resources where they are needed most.

“The online form is quick and easy to use, and you can remain anonymous if you wish. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think we should be focusing on in your neighbourhood. We are here, and listening.”

When submitting your thoughts via echo please include as much detail as possible, such as which area of Watford you are referring to, by using road or ward names.

Please don’t use echo to report a crime.

To do that, you can use the police’s online form at, launch a web chat with an operator in the Force Communications Room at or call the non-emergency number 101.

If a crime is in progress or someone’s life is in danger, always call 999 immediately. 

If you are looking to report a COVID-19 related crime such as individuals flouting the guidelines or a mass gathering, please use the online reporting methods where possible as this will release some of the pressure on police phone lines, and allow for a quicker response to urgent 999 calls. 

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