Back row left to right: PC Paul Lewis, PS Mark Jenkinson, PCSO Charlotte Brady, PC Justine O’Reilly. Front row left to right: PC Jon Phippen, PC Sam Walton, PCSO Sue Venn-Adams.
The neighbourhood policing team for Weston-super-Mare town has moved to co-locate with staff in North Somerset Council at the Town Hall.
This move will help the police and council work closer together and help provide a better response to solving problems. Police officers and PCSOs will work directly in the area they police and be accessible to the community they serve.
This month will also see response officers in North Somerset move to a new Police Centre on the outskirts of Weston-super-Mare. This will ensure that response officers can easily access the whole of North Somerset. This will also be the home for the neighbourhood policing team for Worle and the surrounding villages, basing the team in the community it serves. In addition, a neighbourhood team are based in Bournville at the Information Station. These moves will create flexibility for staff to patrol from various locations making them more accessible and increasing visibility in areas of high demand.
Local Policing Commander for North Somerset Tina Robinson said: “We are delighted to have created a more flexible working environment which reduces cost and enhances visibility in areas where the community need us. I can see huge benefits in co-location which will enhance partnership working and collaboration.
“Our teams will continue to be out in their communities and on patrol most of the time, but it is important for us to be located close, or within easy access, to the areas we serve.
“These moves will give us smaller, more efficient buildings, which reflect our needs, and reduce our running costs, whilst continuing to respond to the needs of local people.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Having the local policing team based in the Town Hall will ensure we can continue to meet the policing needs of our local communities. Not only will co-locating with North Somerset Council help us to make the continued savings we need to find, it also ensures better value for money for local people.
“Moving into the central location will be more convenient for residents, in being able to access multiple services under one roof, while retaining the policing team in the heart of the town. Working closely alongside our partners also enables us to provide the best possible service to the local people of Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding communities.”
Cllr Nigel Ashton, Leader of North Somerset Council, said: “I’m very pleased to welcome the policing team to the Town Hall. The joint location of police and council services together with health colleagues is already working well at our Castlewood offices in Clevedon and this move can only enhance the excellent and close working relationship we enjoy with the police.”
The old Weston-super-Mare Police Station was sold to North Somerset Council in April 2016 and will be vacated by the end of April 2017.
Posted on Monday 27th March 2017