Posted: Wednesday 30th January 2013
Last Friday I was on BBC Radio Bristol with John Darvall, it was great to see lots of interest. While the calls were varied two things came across to me, one - just how much residents value their PCSOs and secondly how more needs to be done to encourage people to report crime. If you do not report it, the police can not investigate it. There was one caller who this week is going to court to give evidence about an anti-social behaviour issue in his local area. It is only by residents, police and other agencies working together can we make our communities safe.
If you were listening you would have heard that George Ferguson is proposing a deal on Bristol's PCSO funding. I do not have the detail of this yet but I assure you I will look at this, along with the Constabulary to see if we can find a solution. We still have tough budget decisions to make but I hear loud and clear that PCSOs mean a tremendous deal to you and your local area.
Last week I also met with Paul Tipler from Aspire, who works with ex-offenders to help them into employment and Anna Smart from Survive in South Gloucestershire. Hearing from these organisations and the people they are working with is truly inspiring for me in my new role. In the evening I visited a youth project in Hanham and saw the importance of joint working between Hanham High School and Hanham Abbots Parish Councils. Through this partnership young people now have a safe place to hang out with their friends - it was a real success story.
This week I spent Monday out in Bristol speaking to people about their priorities for the Police & Crime Plan. I was pleased that people took the time to give their views and to come out and visit me in the rain! You can still have your say about your Police & Crime Plan at www.consultation.avonandsomerset.police.uk or by emailing or calling 01275 816377.
Next week I will continue on the road going to Bath on Monday and North Somerset on Wednesday. I will be attending an event to mark zero tolerance aginst female gential mutilation day. We are starting to see a real concerted effort on raising this issue, particularly in Bristol. I am finishing off the week consulting with residents in South Gloucestershire at Coniston Community Centre and Hanham Library. I'm enjoying hearing from residents’ first-hand their views about the Police & Crime Plan and finding out how their local area could be improved.
I feel privileged to have been elected to serve you all and I will work hard to reduce crime and put victims at the heart of policing.
Your Police & Crime Commissioner