Avon & Somerset Constabulary celebrating 40 years of policing
Avon and Somerset Constabulary is opening its doors to Police Headquarters in Portishead to celebrate its 40th Anniversary.
The free event runs from 10-4pm on Sunday 15th June, a great way to celebrate father’s day. There will be activities for the whole family to enjoy including displays by the mounted team, police dog demonstrations, live music, hot air balloon rides (up to 80’ above Police HQ) and much more. Take the opportunity to travel back in time by visiting our re-created 1974 police station and a variety of vintage police vehicles.
Special Guest, Phillip Schofield will judge our very own Great British Police Bake Off, a showcase for the hidden culinary talents of police officers and staff from across the force. A fancy dress competition, open to all under 12s attending, will also be judged by Phillip Schofield, with great prizes to be won.
The event forms part of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s 40th Anniversary celebrations. On 1st April 1974, Bristol Constabulary, Bath and Somerset Constabulary and the Staple Hill division of Gloucestershire Constabulary merged to form Avon and Somerset Constabulary as we know it today.
The HQ site at Portishead was opened by Princess Anne in 1992 and the new headquarters were officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 2nd June 1995.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “To think that Avon and Somerset Constabulary is celebrating its 40th anniversary, it’s hard to imagine where the time has gone. Watching officers, staff and local people share their memories and reminisce over the last 40 years of policing adds to the feeling of nostalgia. It is clear to see that a lot has changed, with many challenges overcome and many milestones achieved.
“Policing to me not only means dedication of officers and staff that make up a police force. Policing is also about the help and support of families, friends, local people and local communities. That is why I am delighted that the Constabulary will be opening its doors to say thank you to you for your support, as officers, staff, families, friends and residents, over the last 40 years. I hope that you will take the time to join us in celebrating and I look forward to meeting you and your families on the day.”
Acting Chief Constable John Long, said: “It’s difficult now to believe just how antiquated our equipment and facilities were 40 years ago; at the time we thought we were cutting edge! Technology may have transformed the way we work now, and the crimes we deal with may have changed, but our fundamental priority to keep our communities safe hasn’t.
“We’re facing challenging times financially but it’s a real tribute to Avon and Somerset police officers and staff today that public confidence and victim satisfaction are still rising. In every street, village, town and city our police officers are out and about working hard to tackle crime.
“Our 40th anniversary event is a great opportunity for people from all corners of the force to glimpse a greater insight into what we do. As we throw open our doors and look to the future as well as the past, I hope you will come and see for yourself what happens in the open and behind the scenes to keep you safe.”
How to book tickets:
- The free tickets will be available to order from Wednesday 28th May at 8:30am.
- Book online at http://ascopenday.eventbrite.com
- Or telephone 01275 816660 . Lines will be open 8.30am - 6.00pm from Wednesday 28th May until the tickets have sold out.
More details are available on the website http://ascopenday.eventbrite.com
including how to get to the event, car park details and a full schedule of events. Tickets are limited to 2 adults and 4 children per order. There will be a small amount of tickets available on the day of the event, but we advise people to book in advance where possible to guarantee entrance.
Posted on Tuesday 27th May 2014