PCC visit to discuss community safety in North Devon

PCC Alison Hernandez meeting officers at North Devon Council.

Posted on: 14 September 2016

Community safety and partnership working have been the focus of a meeting between North Devon Council and the region’s Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Yesterday (Tuesday 13 September), Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, visited the council. The aim was to find out about the council’s aspirations for community safety and to discuss how the two authorities could work even closer together in the future.

During her visit, Ms Hernandez met the district’s community safety team, a partnership between North Devon Council, Torridge District Council, the police and fire service, health service, Devon and Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company and the voluntary sector. Together, they aim to identify, resolve and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the district. 

Following the meeting, Alison Hernandez said: “This was an extremely good visit. I wanted to hear, first hand, about the success of local initiatives and how they are connecting directly with our communities. This is at the heart of what I want to achieve as police and crime commissioner, and will be reflected in my police and crime plan, which will be published soon.  The plan is a blueprint for strong local policing and will highlight how much we all need to work together to ensure that Devon and Cornwall remains the safest area to live in the country.” 

Executive member responsible for community safety, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “It was really nice to welcome Alison to North Devon to see how our community safety team works and hear her comment how it should be rolled out to other areas as best practice. She was really keen to engage with us and support our various community initiatives. We also discussed her plans to champion community policing, as well as increase her own presence in North Devon. It was all very positive and I look forward to working with her in the future.”

Meanwhile, the PCC’s consultation on policing priorities has now closed. Feedback gathered from the consultation will be used to help shape the Commissioner’s police and crime plan for the next three years. 

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