Local people attended the latest public forum in Keynsham last Wednesday (19 June), which was jointly hosted by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Avon and Somerset Police.
The new leader of Bath and North East Somerset council, Councillor Dine Romero, opened the public forum at Keynsham Civic Centre. After speeches from the PCC and Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen, Inspector Gavin Usher gave a presentation to attendees on policing in the local area.
Following this, local people were given the opportunity to share their thoughts on policing issues during the public question and answer session. Those who attended put their questions to the PCC, ACC and Inspector, with a particular focus on road safety, cyber-crime and policing demand in the local area.
Speaking after the forum, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I always look forward to these forums as the Assistant Chief Constable, local policing team and I can hear first-hand how local people feel about the police and we have the chance to answer any questions that they may have.
“The local policing issues raised at tonight’s forum have been well and truly heard. It is clear that the residents who take the time to attend our public forums care about their communities and want to make a positive change. Thank you for attending our forum and for taking the time to listen to me and Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen.
Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Cullen added: “These public forums are a brilliant opportunity for local people to talk about their police service to the PCC and the police, as well as their local neighbourhood policing teams. I would like to thank the local residents that came along to the forum this evening. We always value the chance to talk face-to-face about some of the challenges we are facing in policing and how our local communities can help us.”
After opening the Forum, Leader of BANES Council, Councillor Dine Romero said: “Tonight has been a really interesting evening and it’s quite fascinating to hear the range of different issues that local residents wanted to share with the Police and Crime Commissioner and the local policing team. I think the most interesting part is that solutions to ongoing issues are often in progress but also need input from national government, perhaps even through changes in legislation. However, some of the issues raised can be dealt with right here in Keynsham.”
The meeting was streamed on Facebook live and can be found below and presentations from the evening can be found here. Notes taken from the questions and answer session will be published shortly.
The next public forum will take place on Tuesday 24th September in Minehead. A venue will be confirmed in due course.
Posted on Tuesday 25th June 2019