PCC Sue Mountstevens and T/C/Supt Ian Smith
Today Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens launched her plans for policing with the introduction of three new police motorcycle cameras to reduce speeding on Avon and Somerset’s roads.
A greater focus on road safety has been included in nine new plans for policing Avon and Somerset. Each year Sue Mountstevens must publish her Police and Crime Plan, and alongside road safety, her original commitments to tackle burglary, anti-social behaviour, domestic and sexual violence and to put victims first remain
Sue Mountstevens said that road safety was the most common issue residents raised with her, “it is only right that these plans for local policing tackle the issues that most affect residents. Road safety is something that is continually raised with me and it will now be reflected in all nine local plans,” she said.
Good progress has been made on last year’s Police and Crime Plan with confidence in the police having risen to 76%. The number of burglaries in Avon and Somerset has fallen by 1,766. Satisfaction amongst victims of anti-social behaviour is at 82% and reported incidents of domestic and sexual abuse have risen by 6%, indicating that people are becoming more confident to report to the police.
Sue Mountstevens added: “Over the past year the Constabulary has met nearly all of the objectives I set them and importantly despite a number of national police issues confidence in your local police service remains high.
“The new plans for 2014/15 are even more local, with a tailored plan for each local authority area of Avon and Somerset. It is really important to me that residents have a good sense of what the police are doing in their area and how they are going to make our communities even safer.”
The three new police motorcycle cameras will support the Constabulary’s nine mobile speed enforcement vans which already catch over 66,000 people a year speeding across Avon and Somerset. In addition, a number of fixed road-side speed cameras across Bristol and Somerset will also be switched back over the next few months.
Temporary Chief Superintendent Ian Smith who leads the Constabulary’s speed enforcement department said: “We’re really pleased to have these motorbikes as they will extend the support we are able to offer communities affected by speeding. Often we have to decline requests from local residents to do enforcement activity in their area because our vans cannot be deployed due to their size.
“As the motorbikes are smaller we’ll now be able to support many of those places. We’ll have more vehicles and flexibility on the road so it really will make help us build on the critical work we are already doing to make sure roads in Avon and Somerset are as safe as they can be.”
A police and crime plan is now available for all the districts of Somerset including Taunton Deane, West Somerset, Sedgemoor, Mendip and South Somerset. As well as plans for North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire and an overarching plan for Avon and Somerset.
Every Police and Crime Commissioner in England and Wales must issue a Police and Crime Plan each year.
Posted on Wednesday 7th May 2014