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Reassuring communities

Posted: Friday 13th March 2020
Blog: March

I am sure you have been following the ongoing news about the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and may have concerns about the risk to Avon and Somerset. As the situation continues to develop, Avon and Somerset Police will continue to take advice from Public Health England and the Government. I want to reassure you that there are tried and tested plans to ensure that your police service continue to be there in keeping us safe.

We will continue to work with local partners to ensure we are prepared and have resilience in our service to keep local people safe. Please be assured that the safety of local people, and visitors to our area, is our priority. I’m confident that Avon and Somerset Police is in a strong position to support the response to the virus and I urge you to follow advice from the NHS to avoid the spread of the virus.

Last weekend, I was honoured to attend the International Women’s Day event at City Hall. It’s always a privilege to speak alongside so many inspiring people who are determined to make changes for women in Bristol and further afield. As one of only a handful of female PCCs, I am aware more than ever that we need to improve representation in elected roles as well as in the business industry.

I would urge anyone, whatever their gender, to go for the promotion, the dream job or the elected role they are interested in. Fear of failure instead of excitement for success can overshadow our ambition, stop us in our paths and act as an obstacle for us achieving our goals. I really do believe that we have to push beyond our own limitations from time to time – if I hadn’t, then I wouldn’t be here as your PCC today.

This week, I praised the hard work of 20 brave and inspiring individuals at my final Pride Awards as PCC. I’m pleased to see that over half of those winners were women. It’s so important to continue to celebrate women, discuss the issues that women face every day and create initiatives to help us all to succeed.

I’ve always considered that hosting the PCC Pride Awards one of the best parts of my role as I get to say a big thank you to some extraordinary people in our community. Over the past eight years, I have always been delighted to see so many people nominate the silent stars who go about their daily business with little or no recognition. As we continue to live such busy lives, it is important to pause and take the time to celebrate selfless individuals who work hard to keep our communities safe.

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