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Questions, concerns and compliments all raised at PCC's Portishead Forum

Portishead Public Forum

PCC Sue Mountstevens and C/Supt Daimon Tilley take questions from attendees

Technology, budget cuts, Neighbourhood Watch, road safety, wind turbines and CCTV were just some of the topics discussed at Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ latest public forum in North Somerset on Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Around 40 people attended the forum, which took place at Gordano School in Portishead, to hear from the PCC and Somerset’s Area Commander Chief Superintendent (C/Supt) Daimon Tilley. Following their brief presentations, attendees then had the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session.

As well as some interesting and detailed questions from those present, one guest took the time to pass on her thanks to an officer who had been particularly helpful during a recent incident.  Another local Ward Councillor commended the service received when speaking to a call handler following a recent call to 101.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I hold these forums every couple of months to give the communities of Avon and Somerset a chance to find out more about policing in their area.  I was delighted to have such a variety of subjects raised by the local people of North Somerset and to be given the opportunity to discuss many areas of policing.”

Other topics raised by attendees at the forum included police visibility, events for motorcyclists including BikeSafe and calls made to the 101 non-emergency number.

Sue continued: “My aim for these events is to not only give people insight into my role, but also to outline what I can achieve for them.  In times such as these, when budgets and resources are limited, I hope that by discussing topics like the use of 101, opportunities to get involved in policing and ways of working more efficiently helps to raise awareness and understanding of how we’re working to ensure communities are safe and feel safe.”

During PCC Sue Mountstevens’ welcome to the forum, she outlined three key areas of policing she will be concentrating on over the coming months; accessibility, visibility and civility. 

Ms Mountstevens also took the time to thank guests for their compliments and to encourage nominations for this year’s Neighbourhood Policing Awards via the awards dedicated website – www.neighbourhoodpolicingawards.co.uk

In his presentation, C/Supt Tilley outlined how the PCC’s priorities in the Police and Crime Plan were being addressed mentioning that the satisfaction of victims of anti-social behaviour is up to 80% with 60% of cases fully resolved. 

C/Supt Tilley also talked about the importance of the Lighthouse Victim and Witness Care teams in supporting vulnerable, intimidated and persistently targeted victims.  To find out more about Lighthouse visit www.lighthousevictimcare.org.  

A recording of the forum is available to view here or via our YouTube channel.

Posted on Friday 5th June 2015
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