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From awards to academy in action packed PCC community day

St John and St Francis Church School
Commending the bravery of the pupils of St John and St Francis Church School and visiting Hinkley Point C and the 999 Academy were just some of the items on Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens’ latest community day agenda.

During the day, the PCC also hosted a public drop-in session at Angel Place Shopping Centre in Bridgwater, where local people could speak to her and members of the neighbourhood beat team about local policing in the area.

The first stop of the day was to St John and St Francis Church School in Bridgwater, after the pupils and staff of the school were put forward for a PCC Pride Award by their local beat manager, PC Kevin Curd.

On Wednesday, March 22, over 50 pupils and members of staff from the school were caught up in the Westminster terror attack, when they were visiting the Houses of Parliament on a school trip.  As events were unfolding outside, members of the school were secured within the building until it was safe to leave.

The children passed the time by singing and distracting those also locked within the Houses of Parliament, gaining media interest in the process.  Following the event, their bravery was brought to the PCC’s attention by the local beat manager.

PC Kevin Curd, who came in on his rest day to see the school presented with their award by the PCC said:  “I personally think in this day and age, their response and attitude was brilliant and reflects on the positive ethos of the School, the teachers and the pupils.”

Speaking at the presentation, Sue said: “When you set out on your school trip that day no one could have predicted what was going to happen, but never-the-less you dealt with what happened and went above and beyond in dealing with what was asked of you. You should all be very proud of the way you supported each other, the way you dealt with the situation is truly commendable.”

The PCC then visited the Hinkley Neighbourhood team to discuss local policing in the area and how they’re working to ensure as little impact as possible on the local communities surrounding the Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station.

During the afternoon the PCC then held a public drop in surgery at the Angel Place Shopping Centre with members of the local beat team, before ending the day meeting the students involved with the 999 Academy.

The 999 Academy is an initiative that sees services come together to teach a group of students from Bridgwater and Taunton Colleges.  The services involved include Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue, the Maritime Coastguard Agency, the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Avon and Somerset Police, and the Charity SAFE South West.

The students are able to see first-hand the work the services are doing as well as being given the opportunity to get involved with water, mud and rope rescue courses, conflict resolution, road traffic collisions and other team building exercises.

PCC Sue Mountstevens was invited to see the students being given a lesion on abseiling which was being run by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Speaking after the day Sue said: “It is always great to see these sorts of projects first hand and get a real feel for the work they are doing. The 999 Academy is a fantastic idea. To get these young people trained and partially ready to enter the emergency services when they are older is a great system that I support heavily. Credit to all involved and a big thank you to the Bridgwater Neighbourhood team who are instrumental in this process.”

For more information on the PCC Pride Awards or to nominate someone please visit: www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Take-Part/PCCs-Pride-Awards

Posted on Friday 21st April 2017
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