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Commissioner and Chief Constable to host first Public Forum in East Somerset


PCC Police Public Forum

Residents in East Somerset will have the chance to put questions to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the new Chief Constable for Avon and Somerset at a special event next week.

The force’s first ever Public Forum event will be held in Frome on Tuesday April 16 and will be attended by the PCC Sue Mountstevens, Chief Constable Nick Gargan and the district commander for the area Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson.

The event, which will take place between 10am and 12noon at the Cheese and Grain, is an opportunity for people to meet the PCC and Chief Constable and to find out more about policing in their area.

The session will include an overview of policing in the district by Chief Supt Watson as well as a presentation about the new Police and Crime Plan for East Somerset, which sets out the local policing priorities.

Anyone living, or working, in the area with questions about policing in the district is encouraged to email their query to the PCC ahead of the event. This will enable panel members to bring the relevant information to the meeting and give those who cannot attend an opportunity to have an input.

These Public Forum events will now be held on a bi-monthly basis across the force area. The forum will be the third public event that the PCC has held in Somerset East. In February she visited Yeovil and Wells to seek comments to help shape the Police and Crime Plan. It will be the first public event in Somerset attended by the Chief Constable, who came into post at the beginning of March.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I wanted our public meetings to be open and accessible to residents and thought a public forum would be a suitable platform for this.

“I hope that by making our meetings with the Constabulary more open, and by giving people the opportunity to ask questions throughout, people will feel more engaged with their local and wider policing.

“This is an excellent way for residents to see how myself and the Constabulary work together and for residents to be involved in decision making at a local level, helping us to help local communities be safe and feel safe.”

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “Avon and Somerset is a very interesting and diverse force area. It has varying policing needs, ranging from the urban needs of Bristol to the very different requirements of rural towns and villages, both equally important and challenging.

“I am looking forward to the opportunity to hear directly from people in Somerset. I’m interested in hearing first-hand the priorities, concerns and comments of people living in the county. It is absolutely right that people should have an opportunity to shape and influence the policing plans for the area.”

To send your questions to the PCC ahead of the Public Forum please email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk You can also tweet your questions to @AandSPCC using the hash tag #YPCCYV

For more details about the role of the PCC or about the Police and Crime Plan for Somerset East visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk

Posted on Wednesday 10th April 2013
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