Strong, Responsive, Inclusive, Visible And Accountable Local Policing
Tackling Drug Crime and taking a public health approach to knife crime
Drug crime is very concerning to local people and can be an issue across Avon and Somerset. It needs a proactive approach but also a focus on prevention and treatment. Avon and Somerset Police introduced Operation Remedy last year which is a proactive team of officers and staff working across the area. They have had real success with tackling drug crime (and burglary and knife crime) and work with local neighbourhood teams to ensure their approach is tailored to local need.
Catching burglars and preventing residential burglary
Burglary is an awful crime which has a real impact on victims. My family and I were the victims of a burglary in the area 15 years ago. Catching and convicting burglars is challenging but it will remain a priority and I am delighted that burglary fell by over 10% last year and the conviction rate improved thanks in large part to the investment of local people via the council tax in the Op. Remedy proactive team.
Taking Anti-Social Behaviour seriously and addressing the causes with partners
Not feeling safe in your own home and neighbourhood is a dreadful and soul destroying experience – I have listened many times to the victims of ASB and heard how harrowing it is. ASB will remain a priority of the police and also a focus for partnership working.
Prioritising Road Safety
The current PCC Sue Mountstevens added Road Safety to her priorities because it was the issue most frequently raised in contacts to her and at local meetings. I will continue to prioritise this issue and the key aspects of drink and drug driving, speed, mobile phone use and respecting different road users.
Tackling fraud including cyber-crime
Fraud and cyber-crime are the most common offences in the United Kingdom and they can have devastating effects especially on vulnerable people. It needs a local, regional, national and international approach to tackle this properly and I will ensure that additional resources are made available to support local people and prevent these crimes.
Supporting rural communities and addressing rural crime
Rural communities can be very vulnerable to criminals especially those who specifically target rural households and businesses. I will ensure that the Rural Affairs team has the resources it needs to work with local people and stakeholders to address these issues but also that local neighbourhood policing proactively supports rural communities.
Increasing diversity and representation of the work force
The police are the public and the public are the police as Robert Peel in the 19th Century. It is very important that our police force reflects the people it serves and I support the current initiatives including the 8 additional outreach workers recruited last year.
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