Posted: Tuesday 20th August 2013
The first police performance results for April to June are now published and I am pleased to say that there have been a number of strong improvements across a number priority areas.
The confidence local people have in the police has increased from 71-73% although there is still work to do. There has been an increase in ASB victim satisfaction from 81.5% to 83.9% and I see a lot of this work first-hand. The first Commissioner’s Community Action Fund received a number of bids for preventative ASB work.
In the PCC’s first Pride Awards Arran Bees who runs Hanham Youth Club was recognised. I’ve visited on a Friday night and young people tell me that one of their many reasons for being there is because they feel safe. It’s as simple as that. We must make sure there are places where young people can go, where they can hang-out with their friends and if necessary get support and feel safe.
Anti-social behaviour is such a broad term. It really means different things to different people from cycling on busy pavements, littering, and abuse to criminal damage. Many organisations such as the council have different responsibilities and sometimes more effective solutions to the problem than the police.
A focus for me over August is being able to improve our understanding of people’s perceptions of ASB in their local area. I also want to better understand the way in which local people prefer to contact the police and their awareness of opportunities to have a say on local issues. This month there will be a telephone survey across Avon and Somerset with residents, so we can better understand this and look at what more we can all do.
I caught the bus home from this week (in the pouring rain so I was very grateful it turned up on time) and it reminded me of a meeting I had with First Bus recently. If a young person buys a ticket on a night out they automatically get a return for the night bus home. I thought this was a great idea. The thought of your children spending all their money forgetting how they were going to find their way home is worrying as a parent. This is a great scheme by a business supporting night-time safety. If I knew who’s idea it was they too would have received a PCC’s Pride award this week.
August 20-29 is a note to put in your diary if you are interested in joining as a Special Constable visit http://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/recruitment/specials/