Tackling terrorism and working more closely with vulnerable children in schools were just some of the topics discussed at the latest North Somerset public forum hosted by Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Andy Marsh.
The meeting, which took place on Tuesday June 20 in Weston-Super-Mare, saw local residents, community speedwatch and neighbourhood watch members attend to hear from the PCC, Chief Constable and Local Policing Area Commander Chief Inspector Tina Robinson.
Other themes raised at the forum included support for community speedwatch and neighbourhood watch volunteers, the issue of fly-tipping, making our workforce more representative of our local communities, mental health and calls to 101.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I’m really grateful to all those who joined us for our latest forum, particularly on one of the hottest days of the year. I want to have honest and open conversations with local people about their police service and the forums enable me to do this. I’m only as good a PCC as the information I’m given from local residents.
“Understandably those who attended had concerns about the recent atrocities that have taken place across the country. The Chief Constable and I took the opportunity to reassure them we are doing all we can to keep our local communities safe, while reaching out to local MPs and the Home Office with our concerns about resourcing and need for extra funding.”
At the forum resident heard from the PCC and Chief Constable before receiving a presentation on local policing in North Somerset by Chief Inspector Tina Robinson. This was followed by a question and answer session.
The meeting was streamed on Facebook live and can be found online at www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk, where you can also view the presentations given on the evening. Notes taken from the question and answer session will be published shortly.
The next Public Forum will take place on Thursday, September 28. A location and venue will be confirmed in due course.
Posted on Wednesday 28th June 2017