June 24, 2016
Burnham-On-Sea residents encouraged to give views about local police

Residents in the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge area are being invited to have their say on the region's policing service.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens, right, has today (Friday) launched a consultation exercise to address the policing and community needs of the area.

Ms Mountstevens wants the views of residents, community groups, businesses and partners to inform the strategic policing priorities, which will help shape and develop the next Police and Crime Plan for Avon and Somerset.

Vulnerability, strengthening and improving local policing teams are just some of the areas that Ms Mountstevens believes should be a strategic priority for the police and she wants to hear your views.

She told "Everybody who makes up Avon and Somerset will have a view on what should be a policing priority in the area they live and work."

"Listening to local people is the most important part of my role and it’s only by hearing from you, that I can truly be your voice in policing. It’s your police service so it’s only right that your thoughts are represented in our Police and Crime Plan."

"Everyone has the right to be safe and feel safe in their community and I want local people to have the upmost confidence in the police. This is your chance to tell me what is important to you and I look forward to receiving your responses."

The Police and Crime Plan sets out the strategic priorities, aims and objectives for the Constabulary for policing Avon and Somerset.

People can respond to the consultation on-line by clicking here or alternatively by calling 01275 816377 for a hard copy survey. Copies of the consultation will also be available at police stations, libraries and on request.

The consultation closes on Tuesday, August 30th, 2016.

All Police and Crime Commissioners have a statutory responsibility to produce a Police and Crime Plan. The findings of the online consultation will be used to inform the strategic policing priorities, aims and objectives in the next Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Plan.

This will then be presented to the Police and Crime Panel for review, before being published in October.


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