Posted: Friday 22nd June 2018
Police officer recruitment is now open. Policing is a challenging and rewarding job and it is vital that the service reflects the communities it serves. I want all residents to be safe and feel safe and I believe having a diverse workforce is an important part of this. People relate to people and different people can bring different life experiences to the role of a police officer. It is only by embracing this diversity that Avon and Somerset can be the best policing service for local people. Right people, right culture, right equipment is a priority in my Police and Crime and I have set the Constabulary the challenge of improving the diversity in the police workforce by engaging our communities. Opportunities to recruit officers are often few and far between so I hope people will strongly consider this exciting opportunity now. Visit the Constabulary’s website for more information and to apply.
This week is the first of a six month plan of activity for the Cop Shop, which has returned to the Galleries in Broadmead, Bristol for the summer. From June until November, visitors and residents are invited to visit the pop up shop to not only hear from the police but also the many partners the Constabulary work alongside. Over the coming months you can find out more about domestic abuse, police officer recruitment, child sexual exploitation, as well as hear more from Avon Fire and Rescue Service and Crimestoppers. I have visited the Cop Shop over the past few winters and know how popular it is with local people. It’s important our neighbourhood policing teams are accessible to residents and this base gives them, and our partners, the perfect opportunity to give advice on staying safe, crime prevention and home security amongst other things. Visit my website for more information or follow #ASPCopShop on Twitter for updates.
Over the coming months my team and I will once again be out and about across Avon and Somerset attending various local summer events. The area's vibrant and diverse communities always means there is one gathering or another taking place and we look forward to attending St Paul’s Carnival, Bristol Pride, the Islamic Cultural Fayre, and Dunster Show, alongside the Constabulary and our wider partners. We will be speaking to local people on how you would like your policing pounds to be spent and what your local policing priorities are. Contact with local people is essential to improving policing and attending events such as these gives me an extensive insight into what is happening in our local communities. Only by listening to local people and finding out more about what’s going on in our communities can we make sure that the police are concentrating on the things that matter most to you as residents.
Finally, On Wednesday, July 4 at 11am I will be hosting my next Facebook Live webchat with the Chief Constable. I will be putting your questions to Andy Marsh on a range of topics including neighbourhood policing, recruitment, road safety and honour-based abuse and forced marriage. These four topics will explore how your contribution towards the policing part of the council tax is being spent, what the Constabulary are looking for in new recruits, what happens in the event of a motorway collision and the extent that honour-based abuse and forced marriage is happening in Avon and Somerset. If you have any questions on the above topics, you can submit them to my office. The webchat will be broadcast on Facebook live via the following link – www.facebook.com/AandSPCC - and I hope that you will be able to join us for the 30 minute session.