South Gloucestershire PCC Police Public Forum
Custody outsourcing, community speed watch and conifer tree fires were just some of the topics raised by residents at the South Gloucestershire Public Forum hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Nick Gargan last night.
The meeting, which took place at Kingwood Civic Centre, saw almost 80 local residents, councillors and volunteers hear from the PCC, Chief Constable and South Gloucestershire’s District Commander Geoff Spicer in a two-hour question and answer session.
Speaking after the event PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “This was the most well attended forum that we have had to date and I am delighted that residents are choosing to come along and have their say on local policing.
“Hearing about local Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and resident perceptions of crime, what the police are doing in our communities and how we can share best practice are all reasons why we host a forum, to share this information and encourage more residents to get involved.”
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 budget 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 motorcycling in rural areas, support for local Neighbourhood Watch groups, restorative justice, social media, street lighting, to conifer tree fires and custody outsourcing.
A video of the meeting is online now at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk where you can also view the presentation by South Gloucestershire Commander Geoff Spicer.
A transcript of the key themes and answers will be available shortly at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk
The next Public Forum will take place in Bath and North East Somerset on Wednesday, November 27 (venue and time to be announced).
Posted on Wednesday 4th September 2013