Posted: Monday 30th November 2015
It’s been a good week for local people and policing with the welcomed but surprising news that the government will protect the police budget from further cuts and while we still do not know how this will affect us here, as there will be less money going to police forces locally in order for the government to pay for such things as counter terrorism, however one thing is for sure that this is a lot better than we expected. It does mean that I will continue to do all I can to protect frontline policing however I will not stop in my determination to continue to make savings and collaborate as much as possible. The cost of policing continues to rise year on year and so do many complex and time-consuming crimes on our most vulnerable in society such as child protection and adult safeguarding crimes.
Just one of the ways we are already collaborating in Avon and Somerset is our new tri-force specialist firearms training facility which was opened by the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP this week. This state-of-the-art facility which was burnt down in 2013 by domestic extremists has been re-built and has been used by fire-arms officers from Avon and Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire for some months now. The investment in this facility is needed more now than ever before following the marauding firearms attacks we saw in Paris two weeks ago. It is vital that the police are prepared effectively to respond to the threat of terrorism and that we are doing all we can to keep people safe.
Last night I was fortunate to once again reward the exemplary work of local neighbourhood police officers, Specials, police staff, volunteers and cadets. We don’t always take the time to celebrate all that’s great about policing and these awards are the perfect opportunity to think about the people working to keep us safe. Over 240 nominations were received from local people for this year’s awards and I would not only like to congratulate the winners but also every person that was nominated. I would also like to thank the residents who took the time to nominate the police officers and staff to take the time to write in and highlight the difference your police are making in your local area is testament to the good job that is being delivered to our communities.