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Volunteers, PCSOs and road safety hot topics at Bristol public forum

Public Forum Bristol

PCC Police Public Forum - Cameron Centre, Lockleaze, Bristol

Neighbourhood Watch, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and road safety were some of the topics discussed at a public meeting hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Nick Gargan last night.

Councillors, probation staff, volunteers and residents heard from the PCC, Chief Constable and Bristol’s District Commander Jon Stratford in a two-hour session held at the Cameron Centre, Lockleaze.

Speaking after the event PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “It is important to me that I make the Constabulary and myself as accessible as possible and these public forums seem to be successfully facilitating that.

“The forum presented some interesting debates on a variety of policing subjects and I enjoy meeting different representatives from different community groups so we can discuss ways of working together going forward.

“I’d like to say a really big thank you to all those that attended this event, we are listening to your thoughts and we are happy to have begun this two-way dialogue.”

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “Forums like this are a great opportunity for me to listen to what residents have got to say about policing and the issues that affect them. It’s always good to hear about the things we’ve done right and wrong and what they expect from us day to day.

“It’s also a great opportunity for me to share the difficult decisions facing us. This includes the impact that the budgets cuts have had.

“I look forward to more of these events and to hearing what people have got to say about the work we do.”

Questions at the public forum ranged from speed cameras, police station closures, anti-social behaviour to PCSOs and Neighbourhood Watch.

A video of the meeting is online now at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk where you can also view the presentation by Bristol Commander Jon Stratford.

A transcript of the key themes and answers will be available online at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk in the coming days.

The next Public Forum will take place in South Gloucestershire (venue to be announced) on Tuesday, September 3 at 1400.

Posted on Wednesday 26th June 2013
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