Commissioner Sue Mountstevens meets South Gloucestershire community
NEW Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens met community groups and residents during a day-long visit to South Gloucestershire.
In the third such district visit since her election win last month, Ms Mountstevens met with the district's police commander, Chief Superintendent Sarah Crew, before popping into various partnerships, projects and initiatives to hear about the positive work being done.
She met members of Safer and Stronger South Gloucestershire in Thornbury to hear updates on community activities before touching base in Patchway with the Southern Brooks Community Partnership, which is dedicated to helping families, children and young people.
Southern Brooks' director Julie Close said: "We welcome Sue's approach to dealing with anti-social behaviour and working to reduce crime against women in particular and hope that she can recognise working with young children early to stop them from getting involved in crime.
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"On behalf of Southern Brooks we thank Sue for coming to visit us and meeting the local people, we are very encouraged by the work that she's getting involved in."
Ms Mountstevens ended the day with the Chase and Kings Forest Community Project in Warmley, where she met locality manager Rachel Barfoot. The organisation provides support to the community and voluntary sector and Ms Barfoot told the commissioner about their work.
"We are looking at a way of bringing volunteers together and adopting a unified approach to co-ordinate that in order to benefit the local community," she said.
Ms Mountstevens said: "Volunteers are absolutely key to this role as the voluntary sector is in a unique position to give us a greater insight using their experience in order to help the community."
Ms Mountstevens took up the commissioner role – replacing the police authority in holding the constabulary to account and managing its budget – on November 15.