Duncan Stanway presenting at the PCC's Annual Meeting
Newly commissioned victim services were the focus of Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens’ Annual Meeting, held on Thursday 25th June, 2015 at The Somerset County Cricket Ground in Taunton.
Over 30 people attended the meeting to be presented with the Commissioner’s Annual Report and to hear about the challenges and achievements over the past year before being invited to put their questions to Ms Mountstevens.
Guests also listened to presentations from Marc Hole, Head of Commissioning and Partnerships for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Mark Simmonds, Chief Finance Officer for the OPCC and Duncan Stanway, Director of Barnardo’s South West.
Speaking at the meeting, Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: "Today I am publishing my annual report which outlines what we’ve achieved, how we are performing and the opportunities and challenges that await us in the coming months and years.
"It has been a remarkable year for policing and community safety in Avon and Somerset as we have worked to overcome a wide range of challenges – some anticipated and some unexpected.
"Amidst all of the year’s demand, change and uncertainty, our officers, staff and partner agencies have continued to put local people first and maintain a strong focus on the priorities that I have set out in my Police and Crime Plan."
Marc Hole presented on the newly commissioned victim services that were launched earlier this year. He said: "We’ve started from scratch to review what’s right for our communities in 2015 and have come up with a fresh approach, rather than simply continuing with what already existed.
"The new services include Lighthouse victim and witness care teams, an emotional support service, an adults’ advocacy service, a young peoples’ advocacy service, an independent sexual violence advisor service and a one year pilot modern slavery support service."
Partnership working, following a successful bid to the Home Office Innovation Fund for a West of England service tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) covering Somerset, Avon, Wiltshire and Swindon was the subject of Mark Simmonds and Duncan Stanway’s presentation.
Following presentations attendees were then invited to put their questions to the Commissioner and the panel of presentations. Questions raised included those on road safety, police visibility, fraud and cybercrime, outsourcing and early intervention.
Notes from the Annual Meeting will be published on the Commissioner’s website in due course. To read the full Annual Report for 2014-15 click here.
Posted on Monday 29th June 2015