Posted: Thursday 20th December 2012
At Christmas our thoughts are always with our families, relatives, and friends. It’s the time of the year we think of others, hoping, and wishing for life’s very best. As always there will be people working hard 24/7 to ensure our safety and protection whether in hospitals, police stations or voluntary and charity organisations and my thoughts will also be with them over the festive period and the sacrifices they make for others.
For me, this year has been especially memorable winning the election to be the area's first Police and Crime Commissioner with the highest mandate in the country – this has to be my Olympic gold moment. I would like to thank all those residents who voted for me and also to all those who have supported me and my team in these early weeks.
The holiday season (for those who manage a break) is a time to reflect on the past, and to look to the future with hope and confidence. I know there will be opportunities and challenges in 2013 we will have further detail on the financial picture for policing and community safety and the development of the Police and Crime Plan. In January I will be touring the six policing districts of Avon and Somerset, where I will meet with residents and discuss their priorities and concerns. This feedback will help shape each of the district Police and Crime Plans so it becomes ‘our plan,’ something that reflects everyone’s views and addresses the areas policing and community safety needs.
I know I will be working hard for you in 2013 and along with the consultation we have plenty of events coming up so please get involved and keep checking our website for details.
Together we can make Avon and Somerset be safe and feel safe.
With warmest wishes for a peaceful Christmas and New Year