A DEBATE into policing in North Yorkshire is due to come to a close on Sunday after its launch two weeks ago.

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan opened the Big Police Debate to encourage residents to have their say on the future of policing and community safety across the county.

More than 1,600 people have already taken part, but Ms Mulligan is urging more to speak up before Sunday.

The Big Police Debate allows North Yorkshire residents to have their say on where they think police should be focussing their activities and investment.

The results of the survey will be analysed and will help inform the Police and Crime Plan - a strategic plan that sets out the direction for policing and community safety in the country.

Ms Mulligan said: “I’m pleased that the majority of people who have already taken part say that they feel safe in their homes and communities.

“But 38 per cent have also told me that they are worried about people dealing or using drugs in their neighbourhoods, 37 per cent highlighted motoring offences and 35 per cent raised anti-social behaviour.

“People being drunk or rowdy in public places was the fourth-highest concern across the county.”

Members of the public can complete a five-minute online survey at www.bigpolicedebate.co.uk, by following the commissioner’s office on Twitter on @northyorkspcc using #BigPoliceDebate, or emailing views to info@bigpolicedebate.co.uk.