JUNE 2021: News from Avon & Somerset PCC Mark Shelford
I relish the chance to make a difference
I AM delighted to be writing today as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset.
A huge responsibility has been placed on my shoulders and, a week on, I am still incredibly humbled that local people gave me their vote.
I absolutely relish the chance to get stuck in and to make a difference in all the villages, parishes, towns and cities across the force area.
I thought this would be a good opportunity to let you know a little bit about me and my background; I spent over 30 years as an Army officer and served alongside police across the globe, gaining an understanding of their role and sharing the risks they faced. As a result, I feel I have a good understanding of service life and the pressures those protecting communities face.
Following my military service, I became deputy leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council and also sat on the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel, which supported and scrutinised the actions, decisions and performance of PCC Sue Mountstevens.
In my role as PCC, I will be focusing on delivering a more efficient and effective police service, and I look forward to explaining in the future how together my office, officers and staff will be reassuring, refocusing and rebuilding a safer community for Avon and Somerset.
This week, I have started to build on my understanding of how the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Avon and Somerset Police operates, as well as being able to meet numerous policing teams who are based at Express Park in Bridgwater.
I want to meet as many officers and staff as possible to understand how I can make their jobs more effective and efficient so you – local people – receive the best police service.
Into the summer, I intend to be out and about meeting local people and communities groups to understand your concerns and how I can help.
If you feel your community group or local service would benefit from me visiting, please do let us by using the general enquiry form on our website www.avonandsomerset-pcc.gov.uk/contact/contact-us