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Commissioner commends partners working together to tackle local concerns


A&S PCC Sue Mountstevens with the Community Alcohol Partnership in Midsomer Norton

Communities coming together to tackle local concerns was the nature of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens latest visit to Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) on Wednesday March 27.

Throughout the day Ms Mountstevens met with members of the Twerton Beat Team, before visiting the Community Alcohol Partnership (CAP) in Midsomer Norton and spending the afternoon hearing about local community projects in Bath.

The Commissioner began the morning discussing neighbourhood policing in Twerton with the areas Beat Manager PC Adrian Secker and PCSO Kim Tanner.

Ms Mountstevens then travelled to Midsomer Norton to meet with the local CAP made up of residents, volunteers, members of the neighbourhood policing team, representatives of the community safety partnership, businesses and the NHS and also the town’s Mayor Paul Myers.

Sue Dicks, Community Safety Manager for B&NES said: “We realised early on that the only way to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour was to get everyone around the table and face the challenge head on.”

Ms Mountstevens said: “Some problems need to be tackled by more than just the Police so it’s fantastic to hear of people coming together, working together to deal with concerns in their local community, in particular anti-social behaviour.”

Ms Mountstevens was also informed of the recent Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) put in place in Midsomer Norton which allows the police to remove alcohol from people if they suspect anti-social behaviour (ASB) might occur.

In the afternoon the PCC met with volunteers and victims at the Southside family project – a community support service for victims and families of domestic violence and domestic abuse.

Ms Mountstevens then heard from the housing providers Curo Homes before meeting with the ASB Partnership Team and speaking with service users to look at outcomes, community projects and community champions/victims advocates.

The Commissioner ended the day taking part in a question and answer session as part of a debate on public order policing, organised by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

Posted on Thursday 28th March 2013
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