Road safety, cybercrime, speeding tractors and fuel theft were just some of the topics raised at Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Area Commander Chief Superintendent (C/Supt) Ian Wylie latest Taunton Public Forum.
Over 50 local people attended the meeting on January 21 at Somerset College, to hear from the PCC, receive a presentation on local policing by Somerset Area Commander C/Supt Wylie, before taking part in a question and answer session.
Budget cuts, community speed watch and rural crime were also discussed during the Q&A and there was praise from multiple attendees about the Halcon One Team and their multiagency work in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend our latest Taunton forum. There were many interesting questions asked which promoted some healthy discussion by those who attended the meeting and I was delighted to see such interest in local policing.
“It was nice to hear throughout the evening the difference that the Halcon One Team is making to the local community. I believe the team works because it brings partners together to solve a problem rather than moving difficult individuals on - a holistic approach to supporting vulnerable people.”
In her welcome the PCC reflected on her achievements over the past three years and also spoke about her recent visit to Taunton, where she found out more about the Think Amy Charity and the RSPCA West Hatch Pet Retreat service.
Somerset Area Commander, C/Supt Ian Wylie’s presentation covered local policing in Somerset, as well as talking about the future of Taunton police station, the rural crime team and the way local people can get involved in policing by volunteering.
A video of the meeting and notes from the question and answer session will shortly be online at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk where you can also view the presentation by Somerset’s Area Commander.
This is the last public forum pending PCC Elections on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
Posted on Monday 25th January 2016