January 2020: News from ASPC Sue Mountstevens

January 02 2020

Get involved and help us - make it your resolution

With a new year comes the opportunity to reflect, take stock of the last 365 days and plan for the year ahead. I’m very proud of what the OPCC and the Constabulary have achieved in 2019 but am aware there’s always plenty more to be done. As your PCC I will continue to act as a fierce advocate for victims and as your voice in policing.
I would also like to challenge you to do something different by getting involved in your local policing service in 2020. Volunteers play a vital part in assisting me in my role and make a huge difference in ensuring our local communities are safe and feel safe. Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding and it is always a privilege to work alongside so many people who selflessly give up their time. Find out more about volunteering roles on the PCC’s and Constabulary’s website.
As always in December, Avon and Somerset Police have launched Op Tonic, a month-long campaign that includes high visibility and covert patrols to target drink and drug drivers. Over the festive period, many of us will be having fun and celebrating with friends and family. But remember, driving under the influence of drink or drugs is a serious crime that can devastating consequences. Even being ‘slightly’ over the limit will still land you with a penalty if you’re caught and it’s really not worth the risk.
I know officers will be working hard to keep the roads of Avon and Somerset safe during the festive period. I believe that local people support the police in doing all they can to bring offenders to justice so they can ensure our roads are safe to use over Christmas as well as the whole year round.
Finally, I want to take a moment to think about the people who will be working hard day and night over Christmas and New Year to ensure our safety and protection. It’s always an extremely busy time of year for those who work in emergency services and I know they all go above and beyond to keep us safe. I want to say a massive thank you to those in the NHS, police and other emergency services as well as those in voluntary and charity organisations who work hard during the festive period to support local communities.