Avon and Somerset police commissioner visits Downend launching four-year plan

Published on: 02 May 2013

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner Sue Mounstevens visited Downend to launch her four-year policing plan for the Avon & Somerset Constabulary area.

As part of her tour of the force area, she met officers from South Gloucestershire Council’s anti-social behaviour (ASB) team, the police and Merlin Housing.

All three partners have been working closely together to tackle problems in the Dibden Road area of Downend.

Measures taken have included installing closed circuit television cameras.

The commissioner met business owner, Jackie Offer, who said the support she had received from the ASB team was fantastic.

Philippa Isbell, South Gloucestershire Council’s anti-social behaviour and community safety team leader, said: “South Gloucestershire is a safe place to live with low levels of crime, but we’re not complacent. The anti-social behaviour team works with a wide range of agencies including the police, housing providers, business organisations and the voluntary sector. This enables us to call on their skills, knowledge and work, to provide an effective response to anti-social behaviour. Together we use a wide range of preventative measures, early interventions and enforcement to help keep South Gloucestershire a safe place to live and work.”

The Avon and Somerset Constabulary has 60 neighbourhood policing teams dedicated to resolving anti-social behaviour and supporting people whose lives it affects.

The commissioner’s four-year plan covers her four priority areas of tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary, violence against women and children and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system.

The plan also focuses on key issues that were raised by the public during consultation in January and February, such as road safety and visibility of police officers.

Targets in the Police and Crime Plan aim to increase performance in Avon and Somerset police to the top ten nationally.

The commissioner wants to increase detection rates for serious sexual offences, reduce the level of burglary while increasing detected burglary rates, and improve overall victim satisfaction with the way cases are dealt with.

Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan said: “I’m please with the way that the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and members of the Constabulary have worked together to produce this plan. Now the hard work really begins as we set out to make progress towards achieving the priorities set by Police and Crime Commissioner.”

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