Sue's News: Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountsteven's regular column
I AM holding the second round of my meetings with business leaders tonight to discuss the possible introduction of a Business Crime Forum. When I was campaigning I spoke to a number of businesses who told me that they felt business related crime was a real issue.
I hope by speaking to a wide-range of businesses we will be able to look at this area in detail and find a way for the police and businesses to work together.
Business crime is not just about those incidents that affect shops; all issues have an adverse effect on the whole of the business community and the wider economy and environment of that area.
For example incidents of violence or criminal damage that occur in the night time economy may have a negative impact on both the daytime and the nightlife business environments.
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In order to create a safer environment, it is therefore essential that we look at all of these areas.
The new Chief Constable Nick Gargan started work last week and was straight out on the beat, meeting staff and travelling around the police area.
His start comes just as we are finishing off analysing your feedback from my first public consultation. Plans are now shaping up for Bristol and my campaign priorities of tackling burglary, anti-social behaviour, violence against women and children and putting victims at the heart of police and criminal justice services.
Nick and I will be getting straight to work on the things that matter to you and your local community.
I would like to thank everybody that took part in my first public consultation.
I have been impressed by the responses and we will be acting on your feedback.
Early indications are that people would like the police to do more about road safety and we will be looking at responding to that.
I marked just over 100 days in this new and exciting role of Police and Crime Commissioner last week.
I said that this role is even better than I expected and that is because of the many people that I meet every day. I also carried out my first live webchat, there was a great response and the site did crash near the end so apologies if you were waiting online.
The webchat highlighted to me the fact that people are still unclear about this new role.
While I am your voice in policing, I am not operationally in-charge of officers, investigations or incidents.
I will not be out on the beat (except as an observer) but I will be here to make sure your views, your priorities and concerns are fed into the organisation and importantly responded to.
â Sue Mountstevens is the first elected Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner