The newly elected police and crime commissioner for Northumbria is urging the public to have their say and help shape a Police and Crime Plan.

Susan Dungworth is calling for contributions from residents to create a new strategic document which aims to guide her work with Northumbria Police over the next four years, ultimately delivering safer regions and robust communities.

Police and crime commissioners are elected to represent the public on policing matters and hold their local force to account.

The survey is live until August 31 and can be completed online or in other formats on request.

It covers three key areas: fighting crime, preventing crime, and improving systems and experiences.

(Image: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria)

Ms Dungworth said: "I want to be doing everything I can to make our streets safer and our communities stronger.

"To achieve this, I need to reach as many people as possible and to listen.

"Everyone should feel safe in their own homes and places of work, on their local streets and public transport and in their communities.

"So, I really want to encourage people to take just a couple of minutes to complete my short survey.

"It's my job to give you a voice on all things police and crime related and this is your plan, and it must meet the needs of you, your family and your local community.

"With your valuable input, I can make sure that resource, investment, training and awareness is all focused on tackling the issues that matter most to you.

(Image: Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria) "Overall, our region is a safe place to live and work, but it has its challenges.

"From anti-social behaviour to violence against women and girls, there remain areas in which we need to see continued progress and there are new challenges we must take on.

"That’s why this consultation is so important – the results will set our policing priorities for the next four years and I really look forward to hearing everything everyone has to say and responding with action.

"I was elected on the promise of being a Commissioner who listens and this is just the start of our conversation around building safer streets and stronger communities."

For more information about to survey, and to complete it, visit