West Somerset residents were invited to come and put their local policing questions to Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens at a public drop-in session as part of her latest out and about community day on Wednesday, September 20.
Throughout the day the PCC visited Dulverton Police Station to meet members of the local policing team, met with Community Action funded Dulverton Dance, before holding a two-hour public drop-in session at the Minehead Eye in the afternoon.
A local councillor and residents of Minehead were amongst those who attended the session. As well as sharing their concerns about the future of policing in Minehead, they asked the PCC questions about rural crime, drink driving, mental health and body worn video cameras.
Speaking about policing in the town, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Let’s be clear the police are not leaving Minehead and I have always said that the town deserves a strong policing presence. In 2014 the Constabulary identified Minehead Police Station as being too big for their needs and not value for money for local people.
“The Constabulary are looking at alternative options to ensure the neighbourhood policing team remains in the heart of the town. We are in discussion with several partners to explore the option of co-location near the town centre, so that a new police base is more accessible, convenient and cost-effective and I hope we can make an announcement soon.”
The PCC’s day started by travelling to Dulverton Police Station where she with some of the neighbourhood policing team, before then visiting members of Dulverton Dance to find out more about their new programme for improving local people’s fitness and wellbeing.
Dulverton Dance Secretary, Marion Silverlock said: “We were delighted to welcome Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens to enjoy a coffee in the conservatory of the Copper Kettle café in Dulverton.
“She was meeting the instigators of a new programme for improving fitness and well-being, aimed at all adults but with a special welcome for people with a wide range of disabilities and difficulties.
“The Commissioner’s Community Action Fund awarded Dulverton Dance £1,000 to enable the group to continue its work and this funding has stimulated a new start with new activities.”
For more information about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund please visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/Partnerships/Commissioners-Community-Action-Fund.aspx
Posted on Thursday 21st September 2017