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PCC launches Police and Crime Plan in whistle-stop tour across Force area

Bobby Van

PCC Sue Mounstevens out meeting residents with the Bobby Van

Avon and Somerset’s new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens has today seen first-hand her policing priorities in an 11-hour whistle-stop tour to launch her first Police and Crime Plans.

The Police and Crime Plans sets out the Commissioner’s vision for policing and community safety across Avon and Somerset for the next four-years. The Plan covers Sue Mountsteven’s four priority areas of tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary, violence against women and children and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system.

At today’s launch the PCC was joined by Avon and Somerset’s Chief Constable Nick Gargan.

Ms Sue Mountstevens said: “It has been a really exciting day because today we launched the Plan for Avon and Somerset and what’s really unusual is, for the first time ever we also launched six local policing district Plans. One thing that residents have told me is one size policing doesn’t fit all and so we’ve gone out and created tailored Plans for each of the areas.”

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “I’m please with the way that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and members of the Constabulary have worked together to produce this plan. Now the hard work really begins as we set out to make progress towards achieving the priorities set by Police and Crime Commissioner.”

Throughout the day Ms Mountstevens travelled across the Force area visiting Nailsea, Bristol, Downend, Kingswood and Taunton introducing neighbourhood policing teams, local residents and businesses to their local Police and Crime Plans.

The Commissioner began the morning with the Avon and Somerset Bobby Van Carpenter Barry Kneebone. Whilst out with Barry, the PCC was introduced to local residents who have been made to feel safe once again thanks to service provided by the Bobby Van after they unfortunately became victims of burglary.

In her commitment to tackle domestic and sexual violence against women and children, the Commissioner then met with the team dedicated to looking at sexual violence as part of Operation Bluestone before. Ms Mountstevens was then joined by Chief Constable as they were shown the facilities at the Bridge Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).

In the afternoon, the Commissioner travelled to Downend where she met with the joint Avon and Somerset Police and South Gloucestershire Council Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) team. Here she also heard first hand from a local businesswoman about the positive work that has taken place towards combating anti-social behaviour, including the installation of CCTV cameras around the local area.

The Commissioner ended the day with the Roads Policing Unit in Taunton, where she assisted in Operation Vortex by doing checks on speeding, mobile phones, seatbelts and drink driving – all elements of road safety; the additional priority since consultation.

You can hear the Police and Crime Commissioner speaking about the Plan here: http://audioboo.fm/boos/1296376-police-crime-plan-launch?utm_campaign=detailpage&utm_content=retweet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Or on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbOJnfdxMd4&feature=youtu.be

Posted on Thursday 28th March 2013
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