May Column: On the Beat

April 25 2013
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Hello readers, we have been busy since the last article focusing on local crime trends and responding to community concerns.

May Column: On the Beat

with PCSO David Said PCSO David Said

Hello readers, we have been busy since the last article focusing on local crime trends and responding to community concerns.

One such concern has been speeding vehicles around Bishop Road School. A community speed watch, whereby volunteers from the local area use a police radar gun to scan approaching vehicles, is planned in the next week, to target drivers who are driving at inappropriate speeds. Drivers going above the speed limit are then sent warning letters with persistent offenders getting a visit from the road policing unit.

If any readers would like to become speedwatch volunteers then you can email me at david.said@avonandsomerset.pnn.police.uk  and I can organise some training.

Burglaries continue to be an issue in the area with recent incidents in Bishop Road, Willoughby Road and Milner Road. I am hoping to get a new neighbourhood watch started in Bishop Road, close to the school. Nearby residents should soon get a form asking if they would be interested in joining.

As part of our community engagement, I have a Cubs and Scouts visit planned for this month when I will visit the group on Kings Drive in the police van and let them try on uniform and try out some of the police equipment; these visits are a great way to engage with young people in a positive manner.

The local policing team also engage with the City of Bristol College on Ashley Down Road. I have regular lessons with the students covering everything from crime scenes with the public service students, to staying safe sessions with the newly arrived international students. We also liaise with the security team at the college to encourage responsible behaviour by the students in the areas surrounding the college.

The end of the football season is nearly with us so some of the neighbourhood policing team’s activities on a Saturday will change. Traffic and parking in and around the Memorial Stadium is monitored by us and Bristol City Council enforcement officers.

More time will now be spent on the Gloucester Road, which is of course very busy at the weekends.

Wishing you a happy, safe and crime-free May.