PCC Sue Mountstevens with local councillors outside Chard police station
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens travelled from Bristol to Chard in her latest community day meeting local people, councillors and charities.
Sue started her morning in Bristol opening a special workshop for child sexual exploitation support services before travelling to Chard. The workshop gave people the chance to have their say on the new child sexual exploitation (CSE) commissioning consultation which will shape the new CSE commissioning plan. If you want to have your say on the consultation you can take part here https://goo.gl/hfhokw . The consultation is open until February 3, 2017.
In Chard Sue held a surgery at the Eleos Café, met with local councillors and visited the local police station to talk to officers and staff.
One of the people Sue met was Cllr Amanda Broom from South Somerset District Council who was keen to talk to Sue about the future of Chard police station and the visibility of policing in the area.
Speaking after the visit, Sue Mountstevens said: “I’ve covered some miles today and held some constructive and worthwhile meetings. It was important to me to speak at the CSE conference and our commissioning plan for support service will be a vital piece of work throughout 2017. It is always a pleasure to travel across Somerset and I was delighted to have the time to talk to local people first-hand and hear their important views about policing in their area.
"I want to be clear that although local people may see the police moving out of existing police stations, this does not mean that they are moving from the local area. I reiterate my commitment that the local communities of Avon and Somerset, including Chard, will have a defined policing footprint. Chard police station is too big and no longer value for money for local people. The Constabulary and I are currently exploring co-location options with partners, which will not only ensure value for money for local people, but will also be more convenient for residents by offering multiple services in one place."
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Posted on Tuesday 13th December 2016