PCC candidate pledges to set up business crime forum in Avon and Somerset
INDEPENDENT Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidate Sue Mountstevens has pledged to set up a special forum to tackle business-related crime in Avon and Somerset if she wins the election.
The Business Crime Forum would look at offending and its remedies and would be chaired by the PCC, with the Chief Constable or Deputy Chief Constable in attendance, she told a conference in London.
Ms Mountstevens was speaking at the British Retail Consortium's Retail Crime Conference.
"I am determined to make the voice of business heard," she said. "We need to recognise that business crime hurts our community and that offenders are frequently the same people who are causing crime in our homes and streets, as well as funding drug habits. It also has a major overlap with organised crime.
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"I will particularly focus on bringing together intelligence from business and the police to pinpoint hotspots and then deal with them. The wise use of technology will make this a particularly effective partnership."
Andy Sharman, of Somerset West Businesses Against Crime, added: "Business crime is not a victimless crime. It has an impact on all companies, staff, employees and the wider community. We need to get our voice heard and I would welcome this forum."
Ms Mountstevens is up against Pete Levy (Lib Dem), John Savage (Labour) and Ken Maddock (Cons) in the election on November 15.
The new commissioner will replace the police authority in managing the constabulary's budget, holding the constabulary to account and will have the power to appoint or remove future chief constables.