Deputy Mayor for Bristol Asher Craig opened the latest public forum in east Bristol, hosted by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.
On Tuesday 12 March, local people visited Trinity Centre to hear from Cllr Asher Craig, PCC Sue Mountstevens, Chief Constable Andy Marsh and local Superintendent Andy Bennett.
Local people were given the opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns on policing issues during the public Q&A. Those who attended put their questions to the PCC, Chief Constable and Superintendent, with a particular focus on serious violence and knife crime. Other topics raised included drug use in the city, police workload and graffiti.
Speaking after the forum, PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I always look forward to these forums as the Chief Constable and I hear first-hand how local people feel about the police and we have the chance to answer questions they might have.
“Many local people shared their concerns about drugs, gangs and knife crime in and around the area, and we were able to discuss how Op Remedy will tackle serious violence to continue making our communities safe and feel safe. I would like to say thank you to those who attending the public forum; it is clear that they care about their communities and want to make a positive change.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh added: “The public forums are a brilliant opportunity to talk face-to-face with local people about their police service and their local neighbourhood policing teams. It provides a chance for us to talk with local people about some of the challenges we are facing in policing and how our local communities can help us.”
The next public forum will take place on Wednesday 19 June in Keynsham. A venue will be confirmed in due course.
Posted on Thursday 14th March 2019