July 2020: News from Avon & Somerset PCC

July 02 2020

Priorities in uncertain times

BACK in March, it was announced the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections were postponed until 2021 and I made the decision to stay in post.
Over the last few months, life has changed for all of us as we have navigated our way through the global health emergency, and my main priority has been supporting the police and partners during this uncertain time.
As restrictions continue to be slowly and gradually lifted, we all have a personal responsibility to follow the Government’s advice to lessen the impact of the virus and save lives. While we are living with the threat of coronavirus, officers will continue to engage, explain and encourage our communities to adhere to current regulations and will only ever use enforcement if necessary and proportionate to the circumstances.
We have all sacrificed so much over the past few months – some of you more than others – and we cannot let our efforts go to waste.
With life returning to some sort of ‘normal’, I wanted to tell you about my priorities for the year ahead and how my team are working hard to keep local people safe.
For the next 10 months that I’m in office, my priorities will continue to be:
• Protect the most vulnerable from harm;
• Strengthen and improve local communities;
• Ensure the police service has the right people, right culture, right capabilities; and
• Work together effectively with other police forces and key partners to deliver better services to local people.
Following the public health crisis, there are particular areas under those priorities that will be a key focus over the coming months, including violence reduction units (VRUs), oversight of the efficiency of the criminal justice process, supporting victim services, with a particular focus on domestic abuse, and engaging with all local communities.
It’s more important than ever to hear your voices, concerns and how you’ve been impacted by coronavirus, so I can understand what you need from your policing service.
Finally, I encourage you to tune into my regular Facebook Live webchats, where I put your questions to Chief Constable Andy Marsh. Over the last few months, our webchats have largely focused on coronavirus and policing but, as restrictions continue to ease, it’s important we start to address other community concerns. For more information about Facebook Lives, please visit my website: www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk.
Until next time, remember to have compassion, look out for one another and stay safe.
Sue Mountstevens