St Paul’s residents and local community groups were given the opportunity to meet with their Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mountstevens and local neighbourhood officers on Wednesday, June 11.
The PCC began the day at the St Paul’s Adventure Playground, finding out more about the APE Project, who recently applied for Commissioner’s Community Action Funding (CCAF) to enhance security and deter anti-social behaviour and drug misuse on their grounds.
Central to the local area, the Adventure Playground offers a safe space for children and families to learn together whilst building relationships based on understanding cultural differences. All those who live and work in the city are welcome to use the facility.
Speaking about the project, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “The effects of projects such as the St Paul’s Adventure Playground and the APE Project are priceless. Engaging with families and young children within the area is the best way to encourage tolerance and acceptance of cultural differences and build strong communities. I think this project is a brilliant idea and love how the space has been utilised to create a playground accessible to everyone, with messages of strength and fun throughout; being there really does brighten your day.”
The PCC then travelled to the St Paul’s Learning Centre, where she held a public drop-in surgery alongside neighbourhood officers from the area and spoke to residents about their local policing observations and concerns.
Residents were particularly praising of the recent carnival and the Constabulary’s efforts to make sure everyone was able to enjoy the event sensibly and safely. Other discussion points raised included the legalisation of cannabis and the visibility of police in the area.
Following the drop-in surgery, the PCC then attended a meeting in Hartcliffe with Vision BME, to discuss plans for an event promoting cultural integration and encouraging the local community to learn more about the diversity in the area.
Sue continued: “Getting to see the work local people are doing to create stronger communities is brilliant. I always enjoy meeting enthusiastic volunteers who are working hard to make a difference and Vision BME is doing just that. I’m always grateful to be able to get out into our communities and speak to local residents; it really does give me a better insight into what you need from me and how the police can better help you.”
If you would like to find out where and when the PCC will be, or more about the Commissioner’s Community Action Fund visit www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk
Posted on Thursday 12th July 2018