Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mounstevens visited Downend last week to launch her four year policing plan for the Avon & Somerset Constabulary area. As part of her tour of the force area, she met officers from South Gloucestershire Council’s anti-social behaviour team, the police and Merlin Housing. All three partners have been working closely together to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Dibden Road area.
The Commissioner also met a local business owner, Jackie Offer, who said the support she had received from the ASB team was fantastic. Philippa Isbell, South Gloucestershire Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour and Community Safety Team Leader, said: “South Gloucestershire is a safe place to live with low levels of crime, but we’re not complacent. The anti-social behaviour team works with a wide range of agencies including the Police, housing providers, business organisations and the voluntary sector. This enables us to call on their skills, knowledge and work, to provide an effective response to anti-social behaviour. Together we use a wide range of preventative measures, early interventions and enforcement to help keep South Gloucestershire a safe place to live and work.”
The four year plan covers the commissioner’s four priority areas of tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary, violence against women and children and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. The plan also focuses on key issues that were raised by the public during consultation in January and February, such as road safety and visibility of police officers.