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Chard residents speak out at latest PCC police public forum


Supt Geoff Wessell, PC Paul Thomas, PCC Sue Mountstevens and Acting Chief Constable John Long

Passion for ensuring the local community of Chard is safe and feels safe was the feeling portrayed by residents and local people at the latest South Somerset public forum hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.

The meeting, which took place on Tuesday May 27 at The Guildhall in Chard, saw around 40 local people in attendance to put their questions to the PCC, Acting Chief Constable John Long and Area Superintendent Geoff Wessell.

Feedback was given to the panel on areas including anti-social behaviour, police station closures, community speedwatch, local police meetings and Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I’m really grateful to all who attended our latest public forum.  The policing service is changing and we have to respond to cuts but I very much want residents to have their say and help shape the future service they receive. I want to be open and honest with local people.

“I’m obviously disappointed to hear that community speedwatch and PACT meetings are not working in South Somerset.  That is why these forums are so important as it gives local people the opportunity to come and tell me their concerns.  I’m only as good a PCC as the information I’m given from local residents. Only by hearing from local people can I do something about their concerns.”

At the forum residents heard from the PCC and Acting Chief Constable John Long before receiving a presentation on local policing in South Somerset by Superintendent Geoff Wessell. This was followed by a question and answer session.

A video of the meeting, the local policing presentation and notes from the question and answer session are available at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk

The next PCC police public forum will take place in Bristol at a location to be announced on Tuesday July 29.


Posted on Monday 2nd June 2014
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