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Road safety debate and budget cut questions at Bristol PCC Public Forum


Road safety, budget cuts and calls to 101 were just some of the topics discussed at the latest Bristol public forum hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and the Area’s Commander, Chief Superintendent (C/Supt) Jon Reilly.

The public forum, which took place at Broadmead Baptist Church on November 4, saw residents attend to hear from the PCC, receive a presentation on local policing from C/Supt Reilly and take part in a question and answer session.

Questions at the forum were predominantly focused on road safety but also included those about missing people, the number of child protection crimes across Avon and Somerset, serious and organised crime and cybercrime amongst others.

Avon and Somerset PCC Sue Mountstevens said: "It continues to be important to me that I make the Constabulary and myself as accessible as possible to local people. That is why I hold these forums every couple of months to give residents a chance to find out about policing in their local community.

"This evening once again gave me the opportunity to hear from local people about the issues that affect them in their community, however big or small these might be. I’d like to say thank you to all those who attended the event and for the variety of questions raised for us to answer, discuss and take away."

In her welcome, Ms Mountstevens reflected on her achievements over the past three years in her role as Avon and Somerset’s Police and Crime Commissioner. She also spoke about budgets cuts and the potential implications for Avon and Somerset, as well as addressing the recent Chief Constable misconduct proceedings.

C/Supt Jon Reilly’s presentation covered local policing in Bristol, as well as highlighting other ways in which local people can share their views on policing in the city. He also mentioned ways in which the police are aiming to keep residents informed and updated including newsletters, leaflet drops and website updates.

Made In Bristol, a local television production team, also attended to record the forum and will be broadcasting the evening’s events on their TV programme on Wednesday, November 11 at 8.30pm.

A video of the meeting and notes from the question and answer session will shortly be online at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk where you can also view the presentation by Bristol Area Commander C/Supt Jon Reilly.

The next public forum will take place in Somerset, at a location to be announced on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Posted on Thursday 5th November 2015
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