Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens consulting with the public
Residents, local communities, young people and victims of crime were just some of the people that Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens heard from while consulting on her first Police and Crime Plans.
Throughout January and February PCC Ms Mountstevens also visited refuges, homeless shelters, substance misuse services and youth clubs listening to people’s views to help develop her first Plans.
More than 1000 people completed an online questionnaire, while almost 600 people met with the PCC at face-to-face meetings across Avon and Somerset. The views of 500 young people from across the force area from the ‘Force Forward’ project also fed their priorities into the Plan’s development. Responses were also encouraged across social networking sites with people tweeting the Commissioner their policing priorities.
Following the public feedback an additional priority of road safety has now been included in all of Police and Crime Plans including the six district Plans (covering Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Somerset West and East).
Ms Mountstevens said: “I would like to thank everyone that took part, in some way or another, for their contribution to the development of Avon and Somerset’s first Police and Crime Plans.
“For the first time, Avon and Somerset has developed both a force-wide plan and six local plans tailored to the issues and concerns identified locally by you. I have valued everyone’s input throughout the process towards making this happen.
“Our attention now turns to the delivery of the plans, working in close partnership with the Constabulary and other key partners making sure our communities can be safe and feel safe.”
The public feedback supported Sue Mountstevens four priorities of tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary, violence against women and children ensuring victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system.
The Police and Crime Plan is a statutory requirement introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 in which PCCs set out their priorities during their period in office.
The Commissioner has introduced six extra local Police and Crime Plans to reflect and respond to local needs. The six local Police and Crime Plans reflect the policing districts of Avon and Somerset Constabulary.
The Police and Crime Plan will be launched on Thursday 28 March 2013.
Posted on Tuesday 26th March 2013