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Avon and Somerset’s ‘Best on the Beat’ competition is back!

Posted on Saturday 18th April 2015 at 11:29 am by SH (Editor)

PCC Sue Mountstevens and Acting Chief Constable John Long promote the 2015 Neighbourhood Policing Awards.

Local communities from Thornbury to Yeovil, Williton to Wells and all those in between are being asked once again by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens and Acting Chief Constable John Long for their help in searching out the best in local policing.

Neighbourhood policing comes in all shapes and sizes; police officers, police staff, special constables, police community support officers (PCSO’s), volunteers and police cadets – however all have the same ambition to keep the communities of Avon and Somerset safe and feeling safe.

That is why if you have a neighbourhood team making a difference where you live, or a police officer, member or staff or volunteer has changed your life for the better, we want to hear from you and now is your chance to nominate them for a Neighbourhood Policing Award.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:

“I am delighted to be announcing the launch of the Neighbourhood Policing Awards 2015.  When I speak to residents and local people I hear many stories of how officers, staff and volunteers have gone above and beyond their duty or how a team has really made a difference.”

“I hope that these people and the wider communities of Avon and Somerset take the time to nominate their local policing teams and tell us why they mean so much to them.  It is because the nominations come from local people that these awards are so valued by the officers, staff and volunteers who work hard to keep us safe.”

More: Closing date for nominations is 4th August 2015 »

Source: Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner


Appeal for information about a man approaching schoolchildren

Posted on Friday 12th December 2014 at 4:50 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon and Somerset Police.

Police in South Gloucestershire are appealing for information following three recent incidents of schoolchildren being asked by a man in a car if they wanted a lift.

It is important to stress that none of the children interacted with the suspect and the driver left the scene without committing a crime.

Police say they believe the three reports may be linked, but at this stage do not think they are connected with similar reports in North Bristol.

They happened on Wednesday 10th December at Redwick Road in Pilning at 7.30am, in Greenways Road in Yate at 12.45pm and in Thornbury Road, Thornbury at 4.15pm. In each case, a man in a small blue hatchback stopped and asked the children if he could give them a lift.

Avon and Somerset police say they are taking the reports seriously and have increased police patrols in those areas around school start and end times, and have been liaising with schools and other partner agencies.

Parents and children are asked to be aware, never to accept lifts with strangers, and to tell an adult or call police immediately should they be approached.

Anyone with information on these incidents should contact the police immediately on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.


Public forum on local policing to be held in Yate

Posted on Thursday 6th November 2014 at 3:05 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon and Somerset PCC.

Residents will have the chance to put their questions to Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Area Commander Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters at a public meeting on Wednesday 3rd December 2014.

The forum, which is due to take place at the Shire Way Community Centre in Yate between 7pm and 9pm, will give people living and working in South Gloucestershire the chance to share their views on local policing and raise any questions they might have.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:

“This will be the second time we have hosted a public forum in South Gloucestershire. I hope that people will once again take the time to come and share their views on local policing.”

“At the last South Gloucestershire forum, local Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and residents’ perceptions of crime were hot topics. I am interested to see what areas of community policing will be raised for us to discuss this time.”

Following a welcome by the Commissioner and an overview of policing in South Gloucestershire, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in a question and answer session.

Anyone wishing to ask a question can email it in advance to pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn. (it is recommend that you do this if you have a question that might need some research, e.g. regarding a specific issue in your area).

Area Commander for the North East, Chief Superintendent Caroline Peters, said:

“I’m thrilled to have taken up the new position of Area Commander for the North East and I’m grateful for the chance to meet people who we serve.  One of my priorities will be to ensure that all our communities receive the best possible service from our police officers and staff.  We’ve seen some changes in our organisation, but I’d like to assure everyone that policing across the area will continue as usual and our communities should have every confidence that we’ll continue to do all we can to keep them safe.”

To make sure a seat is reserved for you, please visit the event booking page (on Eventbrite). You can also email pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn. or call 01275 816377.

You can also tweet your questions to @AandSPCC using the hashtag #YPCCYV.

For more details about the role of the PCC or about the South Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Plan, visit


Police launch consultation on restructuring plan

Posted on Sunday 13th October 2013 at 4:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon and Somerset Police.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary has launched a wide-ranging consultation on plans to re-shape the structure of the force and the way it works. Senior officers were briefed on emerging proposals for a renewed operating model by programme lead, Chief Superintendent Sarah Crew, at a meeting chaired by the Chief Constable last  Tuesday (8th October). A period of internal and external consultation and discussion will now take place before the new operating model is finally agreed on 23rd December.

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said:

“The way the Constabulary does its business has not been reviewed for some time. 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 Commissioner’s 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 transparent.”

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, and crucial in helping to shape the new operating model proposal.

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