PACT - Agreeing Local Priorities
PACT stands for Partners and Communities Together. It gives you the chance to tell your local policing team, local authority and other partner agencies about the issues causing concern within your neighbourhood and which ones you want us to deal with as a priority. Once the community agrees on the top priorities, we'll work together to address them.
The issues raised can vary significantly, and aren't always for the police to deal with, but common examples include:
- Dog fouling
- Young people gathering
- Anti-social behaviour
- Drinking in the street
Have Your Say!
The delivery of PACT is tailored to meet the needs of each local community, but you can generally raise your issues and concerns in one of the following ways:
- By attending a public event
Your local policing team and their partners will organise regular public PACT events, which can include the following:
- Meetings - These provide the opportunity for the local policing team, partners and the community to discuss local issues and concerns and what the local priorities will be over the coming weeks and months.
- Surgeries - Many local policing teams organise and advertise surgeries where local people can have a one-to-one conversation with their local police officer or community support officer about any concerns they have within their neighbourhood. Most surgeries operate on a drop in basis.
- Street briefings - A meeting in the street that enables your local policing team to update you on local issues.
If you'd prefer not to attend a public meeting to raise your concerns, why not try one of the following:
- Postcards - PACT postcards are generally available to pick up in places like libraries, pubs, doctors' surgeries and post offices and provide a quick and easy way of voicing any concerns that you may have. You only need to provide two pieces of information: your postcode and a brief description of your concern. All responses remain anonymous and confidential.
- Face to face surveys: Your local policing team carry out face to face surveys on a regular basis. They take just five minutes to complete, providing a quick and easy way to raise any issues or concerns.
- Environmental Visual Audits (EVA) - If you want to provide a more detailed account of the problems you have noticed, you can complete an Environmental Visual Audit (EVA). The EVA form can be completed by individuals or groups (a Neighbourhood Watch Group, for example) and may be accompanied by photos to provide further information or detail.
- Download a Word version of the PACT Environmental Visual Audit Form to your computer, complete it and return it as an email attachment to your local policing team.
- Or print off a PDF version of the EVA form, complete it and return it by post to your local policing team.
How Are The Issues Tackled?
Each area has an independently chaired PACT Panel, which is typically made up of a group of representatives from the various agencies involved and local councillors.
They meet on a regular basis to go through the issues that have been raised via all PACT processes and agree the action required by each partner agency to tackle them. Up to three issues, which have been identified as causing the most harm within the community, will be tackled as a priority and any remaining issues will be professionally considered.
Find Out More
To find your local policing team, along with details of forthcoming PACT events in your area, visit our local policing pages.