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PCC gives South Somerset residents a voice on community day

Sue, Jan and Sue - Balsam Centre - Wincanton 26.10.17
Residents across South Somerset had the opportunity to put their local policing questions to Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens on her latest community day on Thursday, October 26.

Throughout the day the PCC had a packed agenda including meeting with charity Key4Life, visiting the local neighbourhood policing team at Wincanton Police Station, before holding a two-hour public drop-in session at the Balsam Centre.

The PCC began the day visiting Community Action Funded Key4Life; a charity that aims to support and advise ex-offenders, and those at risk of offending, helping them get stable jobs and getting their life back on track.

Following the meeting with Key4Life PCC Sue Mountstevens then headed to Wincanton Police Station to meet with the neighbourhood team to discuss policing in the area including local issues, police presence and the police cadets, some of whom were present.

Speaking about the local team Sue said: “It’s very clear this team are dedicated to keeping the community safe, ensuring residents know that they are there is if they are needed. From listening to the team, the aim to be visible in busy areas at peak times to ensure local people know they are there. This is what policing is all about.”

Following on from the visit to the station, the PCC then travelled to the Balsam Centre for her two-hour public drop-in session. Numerous residents attended the session, as well as the Wincanton Mayor and Town Councillors. A range of topics were discussed, including the residents’ feelings towards a visible policing presence in the town and anti-Social behaviour.

Local neighbourhood team PCSO, Jan Sparkes said: “Sue meeting with local residents is great, as it gives the community chance to have their questions answered, sometimes in better ways than we could answer them.”

Balsam Centre Manager Sue Place added that: “It’s really great to see Sue speaking openly with real people in their community; it gives everyone a chance to have a voice.”

If you would like to find out where the PCC will be and when, find out more about the projects the PCC visited or apply for the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk

Posted on Friday 27th October 2017
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