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First public forum a success


District Commander Nikki Watson, PCC Sue Mountstevens, Chief Constable Nick Gargan and Cllr Harvey Siggs

The first public forum with Police andCrime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Nick Gargan has been hailed a success with residents in Frome.

In a two-hour session councilors, police volunteers and residents heard from PCC Sue Mountstevens and new Chief Constable Nick Gargan as well as the areas District Commander Nikki Watson.

A presentation by Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson highlighted that crime in Somerset East is falling, with 251 fewer crimes a month and in Frome 37 fewer crimes in a month compared to 2008.

Speaking after the event Sue Mountstevenssaid: “I am really pleased that so many people came along today to speak to usand to ask questions. It is important to me that I make the Constabulary and myself as accessible as possible.

“We are having these public forums everyother month across the whole police force area. We will be trying different venues and different times to see what works best for local residents. 

“I have said before that I am the communities' voice in policing and unless I hear from people about their concerns or issues I can not raise the things that matter to them. This is just one of the ways I will be listening and making myself available to residents.”

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “The forum was lively, well attended and a very useful opportunity to shape ourfuture planning. It sets out the way we intend to work be open, transparent and ready to listen.”

Questions at the public forum ranged from police funding, PCSO numbers, Frome police station and community speedwatch. A transcript of the key themes and answers will be available here by Thursday, April 18.

A video of the meeting will be available to view here on Friday, April 19.

You can view the presentations from the meeting here.

The next Public Forum will take place in Bristol (venue to be announced) on June 25 at 1800.


Posted on Tuesday 16th April 2013
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