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Sue's whistle-stop tour of West Somerset before packed public forum


C/Supt Nikki Watson, Cllr Tim Taylor, PCC Sue Mountstevens, Mayor of Minehead Val Welch and Chief Constable Nick Gargan

Residents, councillors and community groups across West Somerset took the time to attend the area’s first public forum hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on Tuesday March 25.

Over 80 people attended the forum, at The Beach Hotel in Minehead and heard from the PCC and Chief Constable Nick Gargan, before receiving a presentation on local policing from Somerset Area Commander Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson.

Earlier in the day the Commissioner met with members of local Exmoor communities at the Rest and Be Thankful Pub.  This was followed by a visit to Exmoor park rangers before she met with Exmoor Search and Rescue at Williton Police Station.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “My visit to West Somerset has been extremely insightful.  I have learnt a lot, from residents and officials, about rural crime, wildlife crime and deer poaching as well as how rural community safety is being ensured. 

“When out in the community, be that for a local meeting or a forum, my priority is to hear from residents about the issues that affect them.  Local people were very vocal at the forum which I welcome and I was pleased to hear examples of where local policing is working well.” 

Topics raised at the forum included opportunities to be involved with local policing, night time economy, the new custody suite at Express Park, road safety, Minehead Police Station and regional collaboration.

Speaking at the forum, Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “An open police force is a good police force.  I constantly remind my officers of this as well as ensuring they act honestly and with integrity, work hard and treat people fairly and with respect.”

Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson highlighted the importance of local communities and the police working together in partnership.  She said: “We do not police alone, we are 100% reliant on communities and partners to achieve the results we want to make areas safer.”

A video of the meeting and notes from the question and answer session are available at www.avonandsomerset-pc.gov.uk where you can also view the presentation by the Somerset Area Commander.

If you would like to see photos from the Commissioner’s day in West Somerset visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/aandspcc/

To find out more about when PCC Sue Mountstevens will next be in your area visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk or you can like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @AandSPCC

Posted on Thursday 27th March 2014
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