Posted: Friday 12th April 2013
The question of safety cameras in Bristol has been the subject of some debate in recent days. Do we leave them switched off? Do we turn them back on again? George Ferguson has raised the issue with me and I have asked the Chief Constable Nick Gargan to look into this.
The constabulary will look at the effectiveness of the fixed speed and 'red light' cameras, and the use of mobile cameras in targeting 'hot spot' areas. They'll also take a look at the efficacy of the speed awareness courses. I'm a keen supporter of Community Speedwatch schemes which I think should be part of our overall package of measures to tackle road safety.
Whatever we do, I'm clear that any future changes will be based on sound evidence of the effectiveness or otherwise of the cameras in improving road safety and reducing casualties. If you have views about the reinstatement of fixed cameras I'd like to hear from you; please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday I met some incredible people who support rape victims as their criminal cases progress through the justice system, from their first contact with the police right through to court. Independent sexual violence advisors – or ISVAs – do a remarkable job; 83 per cent of all rape cases where the victims are supported by ISVAs reach the courts and result in conviction and prison.
The ISVA service is victim led so they – the victims – are in control of the help they receive.
I want all victims of domestic and sexual violence to be confident in coming forward to get the help they need. Tackling violence against women and children is one of my priorities and I am very pleased to confirm funding for the ISVA team for the next year.
Next Tuesday is our very first PCC Police Public Forum. Although the first one is in Frome, Somerset, the second is scheduled for Bristol on June 25.
I want our new public meetings to feel very different. They should be open and accessible for everyone and I thought a public forum would be the best way of involving residents in decision making at a local community level.
The Chief Constable and I will be at each one as they move around the force area. By giving people a greater opportunity to ask questions throughout I hope they will feel more involved with their local and wider policing.