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Commissioner consults on police budget at Bath and West Show


Bath and West Show

Consultation and gathering feedback from residents was the focus of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens visit to the Bath and West Show on Thursday May 30.

Visitors were able to speak with the PCC and Avon and Somerset Constabulary officers and staff at the Silver Award winning stand which offered guests to explore first-hand the broad range of activities undertaken across the organisation everyday.

Ms Mountstevens began the day on BBC Radio Somerset talking about the regional collaboration meeting that had taken place the previous day, before continuing her busy schedule meeting key stakeholders at the show and gathering residents’ views on the police budget.

On arriving at the show PCC Sue Mountstevens and Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan attended a roundtable event with members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) to discuss rural crime. The Commissioner then met with representatives of the Federation of Small Businesses.

In the afternoon, Ms Mountstevens and her team spoke and heard from over 100 residents gathering their views and feedback on what they would be prepared to pay for the policing part of the council tax.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I take pleasure in attending the Royal Bath and West Show. Going to events is just one of the ways that I get to meet members of the communities I represent.

“I thoroughly enjoy meeting and speaking with residents and the show is a good opportunity for local communities to come and have their say on their policing service. I hope that people will come along to find out more about the full spectrum of policing in an interactive way, from engaging in budget consultation and watching the dog handlers to fingerprinting with the crime scene team.”

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “This is my first experience of the Royal Bath and West show. Events like this are a fantastic opportunity to meet people in a fun and relaxed environment, helping them to see what we do every day to keep them safe, even if they don’t normally have direct contact with us.

“Fingerprinting, crime scene investigation, cars, police horses, sniffer dogs – come along and see the real thing. It’s much better than the TV! I hope people will visit our stand, spend time with us, see what we do and meet some of my excellent colleagues.”

The Bath and West Show runs from Wednesday May 29 – Saturday June 1 at the Royal Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet. Visit their website for more details.



Posted on Friday 31st May 2013
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