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PCC sets out vision for victim services at Annual Meeting


Summary of the PCC's Annual Report 2013-14

Local residents, councillors and partners were among those who joined Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens at her first Annual Meeting at the Gloucestershire Cricket Club on Wednesday, July 2.

Following an introduction by Ms Mountstevens, attendees heard from Chief Executive John Smith on ‘An integrated approach to victim care’ and more about the PCC’s vision for the future of victim services. 

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It has been a challenging, but ultimately rewarding year which has seen some of the strongest performance ever recorded in Avon and Somerset.  We have a lot to reflect on, but still a lot to do as we enter a period of enormous change for the police and all of our partner organisations.” 

The final presentation at the meeting came from Cllr Francine Haeberling, Deputy Chair of the Police and Crime Panel on ‘The work of the Police and Crime Panel’.  The floor was then opened and attendees invited to submit questions to the panel.

Survive, Unseen, Julian House and Somerset BCHA were just some of the victim support services across Avon and Somerset who sent representatives to the meeting with questions about the Commissioner’s work on victims’ services.

Ms Mountstevens added: “I have set out an ambitious programme of work this year which includes the introduction of the new Integrated Victim Care approach to supporting vulnerable victims of crime and anti-social behaviour at every stage of their journey through the criminal justice system. 

“Working together in an open and collective way I am confident that we will continue to improve safety and the feelings of safety for Avon and Somerset residents.  Ensuring local people continue to have the highest levels of confidence in the policing and criminal justice services they receive.” 

Other topics raised at the meeting included road safety and the use of speed cameras, police station re-locations, the independent custody visiting scheme and anti-social behaviour.

Notes taken from the question and answer session and a video of the event can be found on the PCC’s website www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk.

To read the Commissioner’s Annual Report 2013-14 click here.

Posted on Friday 4th July 2014
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