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PCC travels far and wide on Somerset community day


PCC Sue Mountstevens with Somerset Badger Patrol

Williton, Taunton, Glastonbury and Street were amongst the stops Sue Mountstevens Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) made on her latest community day in Somerset.

On March 19 Commissioner Sue Mountstevens met with local badger cull campaigners, held a public drop-in session, found out more about domestic abuse services in Somerset, appeared on local radio and attended a Parish Council meeting.

Ms Mountstevens began the morning in Williton where she met with local community representatives and members of the Somerset Badger Group to discuss their concerns regarding the badger cull and wildlife crime.

The Commissioner then travelled to Taunton to host a local community drop-in session at Priorswood Resource Centre.  Many residents and local people took the time to come and speak with the PCC and have their say on local policing.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Contact with local people is essential to improve policing.  Only by listening to local people can we make sure the police are concentrating on the things that matter to residents.”

This was followed by a visit to BCHA to hear about their ‘Somerset Changes’ programme.  Somerset Changes is a new domestic violence service in Somerset to help support victims of domestic abuse.

In the afternoon, Ms Mountstevens took part in an interview with Glastonbury FM.  The radio interview saw the PCC quizzed on why she stood for election, what she did previously, what are the challenges of the job.

In the evening the Commissioner attended the Street Parish Council meeting.  At the meeting the PCC addressed councillors on local policing in the area including road safety, speed cameras and anti-social behaviour.

Following the meeting, Ms Mountstevens added: “It is only by empowering local people to take action that we can build safer communities.  Local people are at the heart of their communities, so it is paramount we are in tune with residents.”

The Commissioner is committed to spending at least one day a week out and about in the community that she serves.

If you would like PCC Sue Mountstevens to visit you please email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk or call 01275 816377.

Posted on Wednesday 26th March 2014
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