- Gloucestershire Police and Crime Commissioner’s ambitious plan to involve local communities in his police and crime strategy has moved a step closer
- The dates and venues have now been confirmed for PCC Chris Nelson’s series of meetings aimed at fostering closer neighbourhood links between police and public with tackling anti-social behaviour high on the agenda
- Key stakeholders including parish and town councillors have been invited and the meetings are now open to the public
- Nelson said, “Communicating with the public is an important part of my job. Local people understand their communities better than anyone and I am keen to hear their views and tap into their knowledge for support”
Arrangements are now in place for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Chris Nelson’s ambitious plan to involve local communities in his aim of making Gloucestershire the safest area in the country.
The dates and venues have now been confirmed for a series of countywide road shows aimed at fostering closer neighbourhood links with the police in which tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) will be high on the agenda.
- 7th September- Cirencester- Royal Agricultural University
- 20th September- Gloucester- Friendship Café Gloucester
- 21st September- Stroud -Subscription Rooms
- 22nd September- Forest of Dean – Forest Hills Golf Club, Coleford
27th September-Moreton-in-Marsh- Moreton Fire CollegeEvent Cancelled due to Covid attendance restrictions
- 11th October-Cheltenham– The Pavilion
- 13th October- Tewkesbury– Gupshill Manor
Introducing a zero tolerance approach to ASB was one of Mr. Nelson’s top election pledges and he is keen to use the meetings as a sounding board for his wider Police and Crime Prevention Plan which is due for publication in October. There will also be:
- An opportunity to learn more about how to become a local crime fighter by becoming a Special or voluntary Police Community Support Officer and speaking with members of the Special Constabulary about what it takes to become one
- Learn more about the value of Neighbourhood Watch and how you can help keep your home and neighbourhood safe as well as other Citizens in Policing initiatives
- Find out how to get your dog DNA protected.
Mr. Nelson said, “I am really looking forward to getting out on the road as communicating with the public, meeting people face to face, is what I like best. Especially as these road shows are all about our relationship with the public and how we can develop it through forthright dialogue.
“While not wishing to exaggerate the picture of crime and anti-social behaviour, we must acknowledge there is also a dark side to the county. I want these meetings to be a two-way conversation where the Constabulary and I can learn from people’s experiences and reassure them through our plans to put more police on the streets, take a firmer approach to anti-social behaviour and encourage more volunteers to become Specials or volunteer PCSOs through the Citizens in Policing scheme.
“Consulting with local people who understand their communities better than anyone is an important part of the process and I am keen to hear their views and hopefully gain their support”.
The PCC, who will also explain his plans to recruit another 300 full time officers, 150 volunteer Special Constables and 100 more police staff, will be accompanied by Chief Constable Rod Hansen with the aim of inspiring a new generation of Citizens in Policing that will enhance the Constabulary’s neighbourhood capability.
Chief Constable Rod Hansen said: “I am looking forward to meeting residents from all our communities and having an open conversation about crime and anti-social behaviour in their area.
“I want to listen to people’s views, explain the challenges we face and give a picture of the work we do with other agencies in the county to keep people safe.
“The roadshows will be an opportunity to explain how people can assist us, with the aim to forge closer relationships and inspire people to work with us and each other to tackle issues.
“As I have often said, policing is too important to be left to the police alone.”
For security and to control numbers, invitations are being sent through the Eventbrite ticketing system.
To find out more and sign up attend a meeting near you, please select the relevant link below:
Forest of Dean