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Avon and Somerset Police Authority meets for the last time (7th November 2012)

The last police authroity members

Members of Avon and Somerset Police Authority today gathered officially for the last time at Police Headquarters in Portishead.

It will be last public meeting before the governing body is replaced by a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in a public election next week, on Thursday, November 15.

Following Government reform all Police Authorities in England and Wales except London will be replaced by Police and Crime Commissioners. Police Authorities, made up of a mix of councillors, magistrate and independent members, will continue to work until midnight on November 21, with the PCC legally taking office on November 22.

Dr Peter Heffer, Chair of the Police Authority, said many of the current members had held the force to account for nearly a decade.

He said: “I firmly believe we are handing over this police service in the best possible shape, crime is falling and performance is rising. Over the past six years we have worked together, moving from one of the worst performing police forces, to top ten for many measures, including our highest ever recorded satisfaction result for victims of crime.

“I have no doubt that all the police authority members past and present have worked relentlessly on behalf of communities to ensure the most efficient and effective service has been delivered to keep Avon and Somerset safe.”

The Police Authority’s preparations for the handover to the PCC have recently been praised by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). Dr Heffer added that members and staff had undertaken thorough preparations for the historical change, he said: “A significant amount of background work has taken place to ensure a smooth transition to the new structure. This has all been done to ensure the incoming Commissioner has the best opportunity to continue to deliver the policing our communities’ deserve.”

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