Strong, Responsive, Inclusive, Visible And Accountable Local Policing
Tackling knife crime and drug crime including County Lines
Drug crime is very concerning to local people and is a root cause of burglary and knife crime. It needs a proactive approach to enforcement but also a focus on prevention and treatment.
Avon and Somerset Police introduced Operation Remedy last year, which is a proactive team of officers focusing solely on these issues.
They have had real success increasing arrests and charges and working with local neighbourhood teams to ensure their approach is tailored to local need including dismantling County Lines. I will ensure continued investment in this successful team.
Catching more burglars and reducing burglaries
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. The Operation was funded by you via the council tax and had a direct and positive impact on the community.
Combating anti-social behaviour and cleaning up our streets
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. I will ensure ASB remains a priority of the police and a focus for partnership working.
Improving road safety
The current PCC, Sue Mountstevens, added Road Safety to her priorities because it was the issue most frequently raised in letters to her and at local meetings. I will continue to prioritise addressing the fatal four causes of road deaths – drink and drug driving, speeding, mobile phone use and use of seatbelts. I want to promote respect for all road users.
Preventing fraud and cyber-crime and supporting victims
Fraud and cyber-crime are the most common offences in the United Kingdom. They are often targeted at the most vulnerable people in our society and can have devastating effects. Fraud is complex because it needs a local, regional, national and international approach to tackle it properly. What I will do is make sure there is more focus on prevention and additional resources are made available to support victims in our area.
Addressing rural crime and supporting rural communities
People living in rural communities are more geographically isolated, which can make them more vulnerable to criminals who target rural households and businesses. I will ensure that the Rural Crime Team has the resources it needs to work with local people to address these issues and local neighbourhood policing proactively supports rural communities.
Achieving real diversity, inclusion and representation
The foundation of the policing model in the United Kingdom is policing by consent. This means policing can only be truly effective with the support of people from all our communities. It is very important to me that our police work force reflects the local people they serve and that they police all communities fairly and appropriately.