RESIDENTS in Ellesmere Port and Neston are being given the opportunity to have their say on Cheshire Constabulary’s next steps.

The force is gathering opinions on possibilities for the Chief Constable’s policing objectives for 2012/13, following regional surveys about policing priorities and police services.

Results showed the top five areas described as ‘essential’ by the public are responding to emergency calls, detecting crime and arresting offenders, tackling violent crime, tackling organised crime and terrorism and targeting drug dealers.

As a result, the force’s proposed objectives for the coming year are:

Responding as an emergency service and improving the way they care for individuals and the public and protect communities from serious harm.

Understand and strive to meet expectations of Cheshire people.

Maintain the trust and confidence of the public.

Work with the public and partners to reduce those crimes and acts of anti-social behaviour which the public are concerned about.

Continue to increase the level of positive outcomes, provide the best care for victims and witnesses and work effectively with partners to reduce reoffending.

Improve the efficiency of staff and make best use of resources to prevent waste and duplication.

The authority is asking people to comment on these proposals at a roadshow in Neston on January 5.

The event takes place in Belmont Cottage car park in Brook Street from 10am-3pm.

Alternatively, email or write to Cheshire Police Authority, Clemonds Hey, Oakmere Road, Winsford, CW7 2UA.

All comments must be received no later than Friday, February 3.