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PCC hosts 'have your say' event


PCC Sue Mountstevens opening the PACT Conference

Local people having their say and influencing policing was the focus of a conference hosted at Police Headquarters by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on Saturday June 7.

The meeting saw more than 30 Chairs of Partners and Communities Together (PACT) groups from across Avon and Somerset attend the event to share their experiences, examples of best practice and their thoughts going forward.

PACT is the process used by the police and partners to engage communities to identify and solve the issues that are affecting community safety and the quality of life in their local area.

Following an opening address by the PCC and the Constabulary, attendees took part in an open discussion about current/future arrangements and what works well and what doesn’t and were invited to ask any questions.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “The original PACT process has evolved significantly both between and within local authority areas.  This is really positive as local areas have tailored the PACT model to what best suits them locally, and often a wide range or organisations are involved in the process.”

The PCC highlighted the importance of hearing from attendees, as the ‘local experts’ as to how things currently are, processes in place for promotion of attendance at existing meetings as well as gathering ideas for future development.

PACT / Have Your Say meetings are just one of the ways enabling residents and local people to share their views on local policing in their area as people are also encouraged to make contact online, by attending events and written communication.

Ms Mountstevens added: “Local people often tell me how useful it would be if there were a meeting or forum where they could speak to the police or other organisations about local issues.  Unfortunately very few of those who I have spoken to were aware that such forums already existed. 

“As such I am keen to ensure that we raise awareness of PACT and Have Your Say meetings and ensure that the police and others provide sufficient support to enable them to be a success.”

There are various versions of PACT across Avon and Somerset listed below:

  • Bristol – Neighbourhood Forums
  • South Gloucestershire – Safer Stronger Community Groups
  • North Somerset – PACT
  • Bath and North East Somerset – PACT
  • South Somerset – Area Forums and PACT
  • Sedgemoor – Parish Clusters
  • Taunton Deane – PACT
  • West Somerset – Area Panels
  • Mendip – PACT

There are a number of ways to get in touch with your Neighbourhood Policing Teams to have your say on local policing and community safety priorities. 

If you would like to find out more about PACT meetings in your area contact your local policing team here or call 101.

Posted on Thursday 12th June 2014
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