Posts Tagged ‘Avon and Somerset Police’

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


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.

More: Motto is "Better for the Public, Simpler for Staff"


Commissioner consults on police component of council tax

Posted on Wednesday 2nd October 2013 at 11:31 am by SH (Editor)

Avon and Somerset PCC.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset Sue Mountstevens wants residents to have their say on how much they are prepared to pay towards policing next year.

The Commissioner has been carrying out consultation on the policing part of the council tax since May, to ensure the views of residents are considered when making her decision regarding next year’s budget.

Ms Mountstevens said:

“It’s really important that residents tell me what they would be prepared to contribute towards policing. For the past three years the policing part of the council tax has been frozen. Now I have the choice to freeze again and put 200 posts at risk, to increase by up to 2%, costing the average resident £3.36 extra a year, or go higher and risk a referendum.”

“These are difficult decisions and I need to be sure that I have heard from as many local people as possible before I make them.”

“The Constabulary have been working hard on what the impact of any spending cuts could look like. We already know that if the council tax is frozen residents will see a reduction in police officers and staff and this impact is bound to be felt in communities. There is a balancing act to do between making sure the Constabulary are sufficiently resourced to concentrate on the things that matter to you and not burdening already over-stretched residents with higher household bills.”

Ms Mountstevens has also spoken with over 1,000 residents whilst visiting various events across the summer where extensive budget consultation has taken place.

The budget consultation involves the completion of an on-line questionnaire at Copies will also be sent to local authority and other public buildings, including libraries.

For further information or to request a copy of the survey please call 01275 816377.

The consultation runs until until Friday 15th November 2013.


Have your say about policing in South Glos

Posted on Monday 19th August 2013 at 8:43 pm by SH (Editor)

Avon and Somerset PCC.

South Gloucestershire residents will have the chance to meet two of the top police chiefs in Avon and Somerset on Tuesday 3rd September at Kingswood Civic Centre.

The Public Forum at Kingswood Civic Centre will give people living and working in South Gloucestershire the chance to meet Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens and Chief Constable Nick Gargan and ask them their questions.

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:

“I regularly visit South Gloucestershire and I am looking forward to the opportunity of hearing directly from residents on their views on local policing.”

“These forums provide the perfect opportunity for me to engage with the local community and find out what they think about how their area is policed. I strongly welcome residents to come along and share their thoughts.”

The session will also include an overview of policing in South Gloucestershire by Chief Superintendent Geoff Spicer and people will get the chance to ask any burning questions.

If you have any questions you’d like to ask you can also email them in advance to It is recommended to do this if you have a question that might need some research (e.g. regarding a specific issue in your area).

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

Chief Constable Nick Gargan said:

“I’ve met the officers and police staff working to keep South Gloucestershire safe. Now I’m eager to hear what local people think. What’s your view on the service we provide? What do you think our local policing priorities should be?”

“Although the forum is being held in Kingswood, we want to hear the views of people from across South Gloucestershire – whether they live in a rural hamlet or new-build estate, urban area or market town. I know not everyone will be able to come along to see us in person, but we’re more than happy to take questions in advance and you’ll be able to watch the session streamed live over the internet.”

The public forum will be held at the Kingswood Civic Centre between 7pm and 9pm on 3rd September. To make sure a seat is reserved for you, please email or call 01275 816377.

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

Source: Avon and Somerset Police