Residents in Yeovil voiced their concerns over police speed checks, 101 delays and police community support officer career progression at the Police and Crime Commissioner public forum in the town on Thursday, September 17.
The event at Westlands Leisure complex saw dozens of people turned out to hear from Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Somerset’s new area commander Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie.
Questions ranged from how do the police make decisions on where to hold speed checks to questions about the future of Yeovil police station. Chief Superintendent Ian Wylie reassured residents that there would always be a police presence in the town and it was his view that police custody cells should remain in the east of the patch however “there will be difficult funding decisions over the coming months,” he said.
Sue Mountstevens also told residents about the funding pressures the police face. She explained that potential changes to way money to police forces is allocated could see Avon and Somerset lose £15 million a year and the next comprehensive spending in November, would mean cuts of £25-£40 million in addition to the £58 million the police has already saved. She said: “This would simply mean fewer police officers in Avon and Somerset to keep people safe.”
Speaking after the public forum Sue Mountstevens said: “It’s important for me and the police to hear the concerns of residents. It’s your police service and only by listening to local people can I make sure it’s responding to communities’ needs.
“The questions from residents were varied many are concerns about the impact of further cuts to their police service and praised their local officers for being there when they need them. It’s important that the police and I listen to the good and the bad and when the service hasn’t been what people expect the police look to put it right.”
The meeting at Westlands Leisure Centre was the first PCC public forum in the town and the second in South Somerset.
The next public forum will be in Bristol on November 4, 2015.
Posted on Monday 21st September 2015