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DPCC Barton Hill Community Engagement Meeting

The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC), Claire Hiscott, visited the Barton Hill Settlement Team yesterday as part of her community engagement activity. Claire was also joined by Avon and Somerset Police representatives, local parents and community members.

The concerns shared by parents and community members are listed below, with supporting information:

Knowing how to report crime or concerns about policing in the area

  • Barton Hill Police are hosting several “Talk to us” sessions across June. You are invited to go along and speak to your local officers about any concerns or issues you might be experiencing within your community. This will be hosted in the Corbett House car park from the mobile police station.
    Click here for more details are available here.

Advising young people about Stop and Search and their rights

  • The police can stop and question or search children, but there are strict rules. This age group of children is usually referring to those aged between 10 and 17 years.
  • If the police have reasonable suspicions that someone might be carrying something illegal or something which may be used in a crime, stop and search powers can be used, without the police having to arrest the individual. More details on this process can be found here.
  • Avon and Somerset Police Stop and Search Statistic’s are on their website.
  • The National Youth Justice Statistics reported that in the year ending March 2021, 81% of stop and searches of 10 to 17-year-olds resulted in No Further Action, while 8% resulted in an arrest.

Where they can look for support if they are concerned about keeping young people in our communities safe and away from people who want to exploit them.

  • Safer Options is the name given to the co-ordinated whole system response to prevent serious youth violence and exploitation. Safer Options is every intervention and change made intentionally by communities, professionals and organisations to contribute to reducing serious youth violence and exploitation. Safer Options is designed to support what changes we make which are most likely to reduce and prevent serious violence in the city sustainably. More information is available on their website. Or, if you want discuss a child with Safer Options or ask them to provide a briefing or training to a service, you can email them at
  • All schools and colleges have a link Safer Options worker they can contact to request help for you. Just ask a trusted teacher if they can support you to get the right support in place for your child
  • Creative Youth Network run youth services across the city including 1:1 youth work, wellbeing practitioners, youth clubs, creative courses, careers advice and youth groups. They also work with a wide range of other youth and community groups so there are services which are local to you. Fill in the online form.
  • Call Bristol City Council’s Children and Families First Response Team on 0117 903 6444 offer advice and guidance, access to family support and community resources and specialist services.

“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Samira and the incredible team at Barton Hill Settlement for hosting me. To the parents and community members who took the time to attend this meeting, your insights are invaluable in shaping the future of community safety and policing strategies, thank you.”

DPCC Claire Hiscott

The Avon and Somerset Police attendees were:

  • Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Kris Harris
  • Police Sergeant Maz Collacott-Nuur
  • OPCC Staff Officer Inspector Stuart King
  • Outreach Worker Halgan Dahir
  • Outreach Worker Abdul Sheikhusein

You can keep up to date with the Barton Hill Police priorities, events and contact them via a form here.