residents asked for their views on police shake-up
and Somerset Constabulary has launched a wide-ranging consultation
on plans to re-shape the structure of the force - and it is seeking
the views of Burnham-On-Sea residents.
The proposals would put a greater proportion of the Constabulary's
staff into front line roles where they have more direct contact
with the public, and more staff will be working at hours that
are more closely aligned with public demand.
A cultural change programme will also bring all staff up to the
standards of the very best in the service when it comes to supporting
victims and treating people with fairness and respect.
Chief Constable Nick Gargan, pictured, said: "The way the
Constabulary does its business has not been reviewed for some
"The fact that we will be taking delivery of several new
buildings and critical new IT systems in 2014 combined
with the need to make yet further savings meant that significant
organisational change was inevitable."
"We have also been listening to the outcome of the Police
and Crime Commissioners consultation with communities as
well as to the voices of our own staff. Together they have told
us that we can and should do much more to respond to the needs
of victims and the communities of Avon and Somerset, and that
we would be a better police force if we were more open and more
A period of internal and external consultation and discussion
will now take place before the new operating model is finally
agreed on 23rd December.
The 'Invent the Future' programme team has toured the force,
from north to south and east to west, asking staff what they would
do if they were Chief and what they would put into Room 101. The
response to the initial internal consultation exercise has been
excellent, the force says, and crucial in helping to shape the
new operating model proposal.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens added: "I
am pleased that the Constabulary is taking into account the views
of local people as it re-shapes the service it provides to communities."
"The picture that is emerging about the current service
reflects what many people have told me over the past year. It
is really important to me that policing reflects local needs and
I would encourage everyone to have their say on the consultation
about what service the public should expect from the Constabulary,
before October 26th."
The constabulary is keen to hear what people think click
to complete the online survey. The consultation ends on 26 October.