As a Bristol based security systems and alarm maintenance supplier, Standfast Security Systems is keen to promote and support increased safety in the community. One of the roles of the new police and crime commissioner in our local area is to promote precisely that. So here we take a look at her new role.
Sue Mountstevens was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset on the 15th November 2012. She was the only independent candidate standing in our area and she has already been sworn in at The Station Youth Centre in Bristol city centre. She has recognised that she has two major stakeholders – residents in the Avon and Somerset area and also the constabulary. She says:
“My job is to work with them to develop a common vision of great policing and then help iron out the obstacles in delivering that, so we can cut crime and make our communities safer.”
She must therefore:
- set the strategic direction of policing and be accountable for it,
- work with partners to prevent and tackle crime and re-offending,
- speak for the public, the vulnerable and victims,
- contribute to resourcing of policing response to regional and national threats and
- ensure value for money
Ms Mountstevens is already working her way through this list. On November 29th the PCCs from across the West of England met for the first time to discuss regional collaboration and on December 10th, the first Police and Crime Panel meeting took place in Clevedon. The main result of that meeting was the announcement that no extra money will be raised for the police from the council tax this year because the police have been able to balance the draft budget for 2013/14. Avon and Somerset will receive the equivalent of a 1% rise in their budget however, because national government will give them a grant, having accepted a precept freeze. The final budget will be announced on December 19th.
There will be 72 new police recruits next year, according to Ms Mountstevens. These new officers will help the police force to tackle and prevent crime. We would like to wish all those concerned in promoting community safety well in the coming year.
Crime figures in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary area vary widely. The good news is that in the quarter ending on 30th June 2012, crime rates were down across the force area compared to the same period the year before. For all members of the community, that will be welcome news. Crime does still occur in the region though and the Avon and Somerset Police give comprehensive advice on how to reduce the risk of suffering from crime on their website.
For those keen to follow their advice, Standfast Security Systems provide an ideal first port of call to offer expertise, skilled security systems installers and ongoing support in the form of alarm maintenance, monitoring and police response.