Avon and Somerset Police Commissioner
Four months after the conclusion of the badger cull in Somerset, information about the policing operation has been collated and checked and is now available to read on Avon and Somerset Police’s website.
There is an obvious public interest in the cull and the police have been asked various questions about the police operation.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The badger cull has been an emotive issue for everyone that has been involved. As the voice of local people, I have been keen to take the time to listen to all who have been affected one way or another by the cull. Overall I feel the policing of the cull has gone well. However I have listened to residents and I have gathered constructive comments which I will ensure influence future policing.”
Deputy Chief Constable John Long said: “We were conscious of public interest in the badger culls from the earliest stages of the proposals. Police have been transparently and regularly engaged with all interested parties throughout. Our strategy balanced the need for the Government’s policy to be delivered; to respect the rights of individuals to protest; to minimise disruption for local people; and to ensure public safety. I feel the policing operation rose to those challenges, and whilst there will always be lessons to be learned, the objectives were substantially achieved.
“Scrutiny around the cull continues and we have made available information about our operation and the resources involved. Through careful planning we worked hard to minimise the impact on the local communities – avoiding the need to take officers away from normal duties and to make sure policing costs were met. Central government funding has enabled this to happen.”
The document is available to read on Avon and Somerset Police’s website here
You can read the letters to Kerry McCarthy MP and West Somerset Labour Party - Letter from the PCC here. Letter from the Constabulary here.
Posted on Tuesday 8th April 2014