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North Somerset Neighbourhood Watch groups come together for an event at Police Headquarters


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Avon and Somerset Police, on Tuesday May 6, held an event for the North Somerset area Neighbourhood Watch Schemes at Police HQ in Portishead.

Opened by Chief Constable Nick Gargan and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, the meeting was for the North Somerset NHW scheme coordinators, with the aim of bringing them together to encourage discussion, to listen to any local concerns, share ideas and discuss the future of NHW.

During their opening address, both Chief Constable Gargan and PCC Mountstevens gave their thanks to the 80 attendees and everyone involved in Neighbourhood Watch and other voluntary schemes and reiterated the importance and value of involving the local community in policing.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "I highly value the work of Neighbourhood Watch as you play a crucial role in ensuring our local communities are safe and feel safe.  Neighbourhood Watches are the bread and butter support networks to local policing and your united approach to keeping crime low and maintaining community safety and your value should not be underestimated.  Only by empowering communities to take action can we together cut crime, ensure fewer victims and build safer communities."

Chief Superintendent Nikki Watson went on to give an overview of crime and policing in North Somerset and the value of volunteers, followed by a demonstration from PC Lee Webb and Police Dog Kos.

Chief Inspector Alex Cohen, Area Commander for North Somerset, and Inspector Sharon Bennett then outlined the work being done in and around North Somerset including planned operations, partnership work, how the community have helped police tackle specific crimes and anti-social behaviour and the value of community intelligence.

A question and answer session then followed allowing the attendees able to talk directly to their local policing commanders.

Inspector Bennett said: “It was fantastic to see so many of the co-ordinators together. I hope they found it beneficial. I whole heartedly encourage active participation by our communities in policing. It really does help us tackle local priorities. NHW is a vital part of this and we want to ensure they know how much we value them and the importance of the work they do.

“Communities who bond together and look out for each other are stronger. I would encourage anyone who wants to become involved in NHW to make contact with their local beat team.”

If you want information about Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in your area or you want to set one up, visit our website www.avonandsomerset.police.uk and search Neighbourhood Watch. You can also call the 101 number and ask to speak to your local Beat Team. Alternatively visit www.ourwatch.org.uk

Posted on Thursday 8th May 2014
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