Which crimes should top policing priorities for Bedminster?

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By Hannah2009 | Sunday, July 31, 2011, 16:07

If you would like to have your say on what crimes the police should prioritise in the Bedminster area, you can take part in a consultation being run by Avon and Somerset Police Authority.

The Police Authority is an independent group of local people who help to set policing priorities and hold the Chief Constable to account on behalf of the local community. 

Authority chair Dr Peter Heffer said: "It is important to get as many responses as possible so that we can see a detailed picture of residents' views and your feedback can inform our decision-making. 

"Given the scale of the financial challenge it is inevitable that there will be some re-shaping of the service. The police force is obviously looking at how it carries out its work and we want to make sure that residents are involved in that process. 

"That is why it is vital that we hear your views." 

Budget cuts and crime in Bedminster

Police budgets will be cut by 20% so the Authority is trying to find out which crimes local communities would like their police teams to focus on.

Statistics for June 2011 show that anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, shoplifting and drugs offences are among the most common crimes the police dealt with in the wider Bedminster area.  

In the consultation, local people are asked which three of these should be the main policing and community safety priorities in their local area:

• Investigating and solving crimes in the area 

• Ensuring perpetrators / offenders are brought to justice 

• Preventing crime through work with vulnerable people 

• Reassuring the community 

• Responding to emergencies

People are also asked to indicate which three or four of these options should be a higher or lower priority for the police: 

• Caring for victims and witnesses of crime 

• Monitoring offenders who have been released from prison 

• Intervening in domestic rows and disputes where appropriate 

• Arranging for vulnerable children to be taken into care 

• Working to improve relations between local communities 

• Dealing with aggressive pupils in schools 

• Dealing with aggressive patients in hospitals 

• Helping to run youth clubs and other community activities 

• Assisting people with mental health issues who are behaving in a confused or disturbed way 

• Assisting with non-crime emergencies (such as people locked out of house/vehicle, neighbour disputes, rescuing injured animals, etc) 

• Dealing with flooding in local areas

Have your say

To take part in the consultation, complete the online form here

The consultation closes on 19 August 2011.



  • Profile image for Trucks79

    Just how much money is wasted by people being arrested and then released without charge, so many people are arrested over weekends then released the next day after being given drinks and food. fines should be increased in order to deter people in the first place followed by prison terms. but even then alot of them seem to have a better life behind bars than outside.

    By Trucks79 at 17:46 on 31/07/11

  • Profile image for Mrs_W2009

    Surely responding to emergencies is the very least you'd expect of the police? So that's one slice of the budget gone immediately.

    Of the other main priorities I suppose investigating and solving crimes then bringing perps to justice.

    As for the second list, I don't see why some of them are even on there. It reads more like a list for social workers. No wonder the police service is so stretched! Surely 'arranging for vulnerable children to be taken into care' should mean no more than a quick call to social services? They should take over from there, isn't that what they're paid for??

    By Mrs_W2009 at 17:36 on 31/07/11

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