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We must work together if we're to be truly effective

Posted: Friday 3rd July 2015
Blog: Blogs

Policing and community safety is far too big a job for the police to do alone and I’ve always felt that we must work together, as communities and agencies, if we’re to be truly effective. It was with this in mind that earlier this week I invited housing associations across Avon and Somerset to meet with me, the police and each other to explore how we can together tackle the common issues we face.

Anti-social behaviour, burglary and domestic abuse are all crimes that affect us in our homes and housing associations can work with the police to help their tenants be safe and feel safe. Did you know, for example, that according to a recent snapshot of services in North Somerset 40% of domestic abuse victims supported lived in housing association properties?

It was a very productive meeting and it was clear to me that there was a recognition of the benefits of early intervention and a real will from everyone in the room to start tackling these problems more collaboratively. There was plenty of food for thought and we’ll now go away and follow-up on all the suggestions for improvements to how we work. I’m sure it will make a difference.

For those of you who were at Glastonbury Festival, it’s been great to read all of your feedback on Avon and Somerset Police, who helped not only keep the event safe but managed to take a few selfies along the way.  As many of you posted in your comments on social media, our officers, staff and volunteers ‘are people just like everyone else’.  Furthermore, the same police officers, members of staff and volunteers that attend Glastonbury and all other public facing events throughout the year, are the same individuals who make up our Neighbourhood Policing teams who keep our local communities’ safe and feeling safe day-in-day-out.

The Neighbourhood Policing Awards acknowledge and reward our dedicated officers, staff and volunteers for their hard work in ensuring the communities of Avon and Somerset be safe and feel safe.  They are extra special because nominations come from you, local people, and I know, as the individuals who have been nominated have told me, how much it means to them that the nominations come from you.  I am always incredibly touched to hear about the excellent work that goes on across Avon and Somerset and I hope if you haven’t already, you’ll take the time to nominate that deserving individual or team for a Neighbourhood Policing Award – www.neighbourhoodpolicingawards.co.uk

On a different matter, I’ll soon be able to tell you the outcome of the misconduct proceedings against the Chief Constable. I’m glad that we’re finally approaching the end of this long process. Until then, we must be patient and let the misconduct process run its course.

Until next time,



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