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Residents illustrate the importance of neighbourhood policing on PCC Community Day

Taunton NHT

Local people across Somerset had the opportunity to share their policing concerns with Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and local neighbourhood officers on Monday, May 21.

The PCC spent her latest community day travelling across the communities of Taunton, Wellington and Bridgwater, meeting with as many local voices as possible, to help better understand policing in the area and the local policing issues residents have.

Starting the day at Express Park in Bridgwater, the PCC attended a meeting with the PREVENT team, who work to safeguard and protect communities from the risk of terrorism and to educate and to protect people from the risks of radicalisation and extremism.

The PCC then travelled to Taunton Police Station to meet with the neighbourhood policing team to discuss their experience of community policing concerns, their views on the re-location of the station and the importance of technology in helping them in their roles.

PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I am glad to hear from the Taunton teams that they are embracing new technology in the form of body-worn video cameras, but are also looking forward to other additions to our resources, such as new bicycles.  The team are doing an outstanding job in their area and I commend their commitment to the local community and their hard-work in trying to reduce crime.”

Local people were then invited to join the PCC at an open community meeting, held at the Iron Duke in Wellington.  Over 50 residents, councillors and the Town Mayor attended the session to talk with the Commissioner and put their questions about local policing to her.

Topics raised by those who attended included on police visibility, anti-social behaviour and police funding.  One resident also commented: “PCSO Steve is great; we always stop and have a chat to him when we see him and think he is doing a great job.”

Speaking after the drop in, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Getting to understand the local communities that Avon and Somerset Constabulary serve is vital in ensuring we get policing right. That’s why it is so important for me to get out into the community to speak with as many local residents as I can, to see what they think.

“I have come away from Wellington not only with a better understanding of the area and its policing needs, but also a renewed sense of how much of an impact our neighbourhood teams really have on local communities, and how invaluable they are”.

Posted on Tuesday 22nd May 2018
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