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Less than one week until a new policing era

In less than a week residents in Avon and Somerset will be going to the polls to vote for the areas very first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).


On Thursday, November 15, polling stations will open ready for people to vote for a new directly elected person to oversee Avon and Somerset Police and ensure the criminal justice system is efficient and effective.


It marks the most radical change ever seen in policing and is happening in all force areas in England and Wales except London.


The PCC will replace Avon and Somerset Police Authority and has a much wider role including allocating a community safety fund. They will set local policing priorities and decide how your council tax is spent on crime and policing issues.


They will also be responsible for listening to you, engaging with you and representing you.


You can find out about the individuals standing for the role by visiting www.choosemypcc.org.uk


An information booklet about voting on November 15 has been produced by the Electoral Commission www.aboutmyvote.co.uk


You can also keep up with the latest Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner news at www.aspola.org.uk/pcc on twitter @AandSPCC or by liking Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner on Facebook.


Police and crime commissioner candidate website goes live (26th October 2012)


Candidates hoping to be elected as the country's first ever police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will make their case to the public today.


In just three weeks time the country will go to the polls to elect their PCC, giving people a direct say in how their streets are policed and how crime is tackled in their area.


Voters will be able to find out all they need to know about each and every potential PCC when the www.choosemypcc.org.uk website is updated with each candidate's vision for policing in their local area on Friday.


To receive information about candidates by post order online or call 0800 1 070708


Keep up with latest news at www.aspola.org.uk/pcc on twitter @AandSPCC or Facebook.


One month to go until very first Police and Crime Commissioner election (15th October 2012)


One month from today residents across Avon and Somerset will be going to the polls to vote for the area’s very first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).


On Thursday November 15, polling stations will open for people to elect an individual to oversee Avon and Somerset Police with the aim of cutting crime and delivering an effective and efficient criminal justice service.


The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.


PCCs will ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, they will work in partnership to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.


From October 26, you will be able to read about the candidates running to be Avon and Somerset’s first Police and Crime Commissioner by visiting www.choosemypcc.org.uk.


You can find out more about the role and responsibilities of Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner and keep up with latest news at www.aspola.org.uk/pcc on twitter @AandSPCC or via the Home Office website.



Avon & Somerset’s handover to PCC on track, according to Inspectorate (1st October 2012)


Preparations for the handover to Avon & Somerset’s first ever Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is firmly on track according to Inspectors.


Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has returned for its second and final inspection of Avon and Somerset Police Authority’s preparations. Avon and Somerset Police Authority will be replaced by the successful Police and Crime Commissioner candidate following an election on Thursday November 15.


The Police Authority was inspected on its report budget preparations for 2013/14 and the development of governance and accountability models.


Avon & Somerset Police Authority Chair, Dr Peter Heffer said: "We are delighted that HMIC has recognised all the hard work being undertaken by the staff and members to prepare for the incoming PCC. We will continue to carry out our role right up until November 22 and members and I all have a responsibility to give the incoming Commissioner the best possible chance to deliver the policing our communities’ deserve. HMIC’s findings should provide reassurance for both candidates and the public ahead of the greatest reform ever seen in policing."


In her summary, Regional Inspector Drusilla Sharpling said: "[Avon and Somerset Police Authority] have a well established budget development process which is based on prudent assumptions and takes account of a broad range of funding scenarios. You are also developing a range of options for the PCC to consider once in post to assist them in delivering their statutory functions."


Avon and Somerset Police Authority is urging people to keep up to date with the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners by visiting www.aspola.org.uk/pcc by following @AandSPCC on Twitter or by going to the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Facebook page.


The HMIC report and letter Preparing for Police and Crime Commissioners is available on the HMIC website


100 days until first ever Police and Crime Commissioner election (7th August 2012)


Today marks 100 days until the election of a Police Crime Commissioner in Avon and Somerset.


On November 15, residents will be heading to the polls to elect the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to the area. People across the country (except London) will be voting for a Commissioner for their force area. From November 22, a PCC will be responsible for an effective and efficient police service. The arrival of a PCC marks the end of the Police Authority, the current body overseeing the police.


This heralds the biggest, and most radical, change to policing governance ever seen in England and Wales and over the next few months, Avon and Somerset Police Authority is carrying out detailed preparations for this handover.


Avon & Somerset Police Authority Chair, Dr Peter Heffer said: "It is really important that as many people as possible know about the election and the changeover of governance. The new PCC role is wider than that currently held by Police Authorities and includes oversight in criminal justice and community safety. It's vital that people elect the right Police & Crime Commissioner and we know that awareness of November's election is low.


"We are focused on the practical preparations and we have been preparing for the future Police and Crime Commissioner for the past year. We are confident everything will be in place by November and all my members are proud of the legacy that we are handing over to the future Police and Crime Commissioner."


The Authority is urging people to keep up to date about PCCs and the preparation for their introduction by visiting www.aspola.org.uk/pcc by following @AandSPCC on Twitter or checking out the new Facebook page at Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.


Details of developments relating to PCCs will be posted across these channels and the website offers residents details on the role and responsibilities of the new commissioner and information for potential candidates, including briefings from the Police Authority and the Constabulary.


Handover to Avon and Somerset's first ever Police & Crime Commissioner praised (27th July 2012)


Inspectors have found that staff and members of Avon and Somerset Police Authority are well prepared for the changeover to a Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) this November.


During the early summer, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) visited Avon and Somerset Police Authority to see how it was preparing for the change. In its final report issued today HMIC said that members should be commended for their continuing commitment and professionalism. They also noted that the Police Authority Chief Executive, John Smith, has been leading on national guidance to help shape police and crime plans.


Police Authority Chair Dr Peter Heffer said: "The authority welcomes HMIC Zoe Billingham's positive findings in respect to our preparations for the Police & Crime Commissioner. This report demonstrates the Police Authority's aim to proactively engage with our partners and to adopt a streamlined decision-making process between now and November.


"My members and I remain passionate about handing over the best possible legacy for the PCC. We all have a responsibility to give the incoming Commissioner the best possible chance to deliver the policing our communities' deserve."


Avon and Somerset Police Authority established a transition board in June 2011, to oversee their plans and has conducted extensive engagement with key partners and is committed to ensuring that a 'business as usual' approach takes place alongside their transition plans for PCCs.


HMIC will continue to monitor the Police Authority's transition to a PCC and will visit again in September. The next inspection will focus on the arrangements the Police Authority has planned to enable the PCC to work effectively from day one.


Avon & Somerset Police Authority is urging people to keep up to date with the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners by visiting www.aspola.org.uk/pcc by following @AandSPCC on Twitter or by going to the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Facebook page.


The HMIC report Preparing for Police and Crime Commissioners is available on the HMIC website


Recruitment starts for new Police and Crime Panel (26th July 2012)


Recruitment is underway to find committed and community-minded people to serve as co-opted independent members for the new Police and Crime Panel.


The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel will be part of the new accountability monitoring and scrutinising the performance of the new Police and Crime Commissioner, who will be directly elected in November.


Two or more independent panel members will work alongside councillor or members from across the Avon and Somerset force area to provide constructive challenge to the Police and Crime Commissioner. The panel's work will include scrutinising the police precept (the element of Council Tax which funds the police) and the Commissioner's budget and plans for policing, and involvement in the appointment of the Chief Constable.


Selection will be based on the knowledge, skills and expertise candidates can offer. The Panel aims to reflect the composition of the area and welcomes applications from all eligible people irrespective of age, disability, ethnic origin, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics.


Applicants need to be 18 or over, live and work in the Avon and Somerset Police area, be able to attend at least six meetings a year which are likely to take place during the normal working day and understand the importance of public services and how they are delivered.


Time commitment is likely to average a day a month and co-optees will serve a four-year term.


Independent Panel members will receive training to help them carry out their role, travel expenses and dependent care expenses if required. The possibility of the payment a small allowance in addition, is currently under consideration.


Applications are being collated by Bristol City Council. Please contact www.bristol.gov.uk/policeandcrimepanel for further information and an application pack.


Employees of Avon and Somerset Police; the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and Members of Parliament are not eligible to become co-opted members of the Panel.


Get on board Police & Crime Commissioner elections at Bristol's Harbour Festival (18 July 2012)

 

With thousands flocking to Bristol Harbour Festival this weekend Avon and Somerset Police Authority will be there informing people about the election of the areas very first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Residents in Avon and Somerset and all other police force areas in England and Wales (except London) will go to the polls on November 15, to vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The arrival of a PCC will mark the end of the Police Authority, with the PCC taking over the role of ensuring that Avon & Somerset Police is providing an efficient and effective service on behalf of the pubic.

This weekend staff from Avon and Somerset Police Authority will be based amongst the bustling activity in Narrow Quay from 1000-1800 on Saturday July 21 and Sunday July 22.

Police Authority Chair, Dr Peter Heffer, said: "It is important that people elect the right Police & Crime Commissioner and we know that awareness of November’s election is low. We will be at the Harbour Festival talking to people about what we’re doing to prepare for the handover and we will give them some information on election. If you are visiting the event you should make time to see us because we have some interesting neighbours too and we are looking forward to hearing about their work.”

The Police Authority will be next to police officers from the Small Ports Unit who will be giving advice to the maritime community on counter terrorism as part of Project Kraken. Find out more about their work on Avon & Somerset Police’s website

Avon and Somerset Police Authority is urging people to keep up to date with the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners by visiting www.aspola.org.uk/pcc by following @AandSPCC on Twitter or by going to the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Facebook page.

Victims and local views at the forefront of policing plan (1st June 2012)


Supporting vulnerable victims and greater partnership working are amongst the top priorities in this year's Policing Plan for Avon and Somerset.

The 2012/13 Policing Plan jointly produced by Avon and Somerset Police Authority and Constabulary focuses on ensuring officers are deployed where they are needed, and vulnerable victims are identified and supported.

The Plan sets out the issues that have been identified as important to local people and how the police will respond to them. Other priorities include working in partnership to ensure that the offenders, whose crimes cause most damage and harm locally, are managed in a coordinated way.

Chair of Avon and Somerset Police Authority Dr Peter Heffer said: "Over the past 12 months, we have spoken to hundreds of people about their policing priorities. These views and consultation the Constabulary has carried out have helped us set ambitious goals for the forthcoming year. The Police Authority intends to support and scrutinise the Constabulary to build on their performance success and continue to make improvements to ensure a lasting legacy for the incoming Police and Crime Commissioner in November."

Chief Constable Colin Port said: "Avon and Somerset Constabulary have once again had an outstanding year. Despite this we will not sit on our laurels but will continue to work with the support of our community to make Avon and Somerset an even safer place."

This is the last Policing Plan to be agreed by the Police Authority before its replacement by a directly elected Police and Crime Commissioner in November. The Commissioner will take over responsibility for governing Avon and Somerset Police on November 22 and one of the first jobs will be to produce a local Police and Crime Plan, in consultation with partners and the public.

The Policing Plan 2012-13 is available online at www.aspola.org.uk, for a copy please call 01275 816377 or email feedback@aspola.org.uk.


Fingerprinting, firearms and future shape of policing all at Bath and West (30th May 2012)


Visitors will enjoy a hands-on, interactive experience and plenty of information about the major changes taking place in policing, at this year’s police stand, at the Royal Bath and West Show.


Once again the Police Authority will be part of the police exhibition, this year telling visitors about changes to police governance. On November 15, people across the country (except in London) will elect the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner to each police force area.

The arrival of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) will mark the end of the Police Authorities, with the PCC taking over the role of ensuring that the police force are providing an efficient and effective service on behalf of the public.

Police Authority Chair, Dr Peter Heffer, said: "The Bath and West Show is one of the major highlights of the Police Authority's engagement calendar.

"This will be the last time we will attend as Police Authorities are being replaced by directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners and the focus of our exhibition stand will be to tell residents about the changeover to Commissioners and what we are doing to prepare.

“We will also be cheering on the Constabulary to get another award winning exhibition prize and we hope that their 'dynamic policing' display clinches gold this year."

The Constabulary won a Silver Award for their exhibition last year with thousands of visitors flocking to the stand.

For more information about Avon & Somerset’s Police & Crime Commissioner visit www.aspola.org.uk/pcc or follow @AandSPCC on Twitter or view the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner page on Facebook.


Six months until first ever Police and Crime Commissioner election (15 May 2012)


Today marks six-months until the election of a Police and Crime Commissioner in Avon and Somerset.


On November 15, people across the country (apart from London) will elect the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner's (PCC) who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in each police force area.


The arrival of a PCC in Avon and Somerset will mark the end of the Police Authority, with the PCC taking over the role on November 22, ensuring that the police force are providing an efficient and effective service on behalf of the public.


This heralds the biggest, and most radical, change to policing governance ever seen in England and Wales and over the next few months, Avon and Somerset Police Authority is carrying out detailed preparations for the changeover.


The Authority is urging people to keep up to date about PCCs and the preparation for their introduction by visiting www.aspola.org.uk/pcc by following @AandSPCC on Twitter or checking out the new Facebook page at Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.


Details of developments relating to PCCs will be posted across these channels and the website offers residents details on the role and responsibilities of the new commissioner and information for potential candidates, including briefings from the Police Authority and the Constabulary.



Police Authority holds Police and Crime Commissioner event for partners (26th March 2012)


Representatives of local authorities, community safety, victim and criminal justice organisations today attended the second Police and Crime Commissioner Practitioner event organised by Avon and Somerset Police Authority.


The event at Police Headquarters, Portishead was a chance for partners and stakeholders to hear updates on the national and local progress on Police Reform and the forthcoming introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC).


The occasion was opened by the Chair of the Police Authority Dr Peter Heffer who outlined the planned changes and the Authority's approach to managing the transition. Although the Police Authority is being abolished Dr Heffer explained that members and staff were working hard to handover to the PCC as efficiently and effectively as possible.


Dr Heffer said: "I hope that today shows how seriously we take our role in gearing up for this change and how important it is that we get it right. I think many people at today's event realised there is much to do over the next year, not only to inform our communities about the impact of the change but also the election process itself."


The event marked the Police Authority's commitment to involve and inform all local partners about the new era of police governance including the new wider responsibilities of community safety and criminal justice for Police and Crime Commissioners.


Police Authority Chief Executive John Smith told delegates about the preparations the Authority is making in the Transition Board, which was set up last summer and includes the Chair and Chief Constable.



Success at South-west Police Authorities conference in Portishead (19th March 2012)


Staff from Police Authorities across the South West have attended a conference on the transition from a Police Authority to a Police and Crime Commissioner at Police Headquarters in Portishead.


From November 2012, Police Authorities will be replaced by elected Police and Crime Commissioners, who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in each force area across the country, except greater London.


The event organised jointly by Avon and Somerset, Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Police Authorities was the first of its kind aimed at preparing staff.


Guest speakers included Oscar Rumudo, Police and Crime Commissioner Policy Lead at the Home Officer, Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the South-West, Peter Davenport from Acceleris communications and Paul Morris, Dorset's Electoral Returning Officer.



Police and Crime Commissioner information website launched (15 March 2012)


A new website on the election of Avon and Somerset's first ever Police and Crime Commissioner has been launched.


The website www.aspola.org.uk/pcc developed by Avon and Somerset Police Authority offers residents details on the role and responsibilities of the new commissioner and information for potential candidates.


A Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will be accountable for how crime is tackled in each police force area and on November 15, residents across the country (except London) will go to the polls to appoint a Commissioner.


The briefings for potential candidates thinking of standing as a PCC in Avon and Somerset discuss police finances, performance and collaboration. It also includes information from local authority Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs), as the new Commissioner will have a wider responsibility for community safety and criminal justice within Avon and Somerset. There is also a paper on the Police and Crime Panel, who will be responsible for holding the PCC to account.


The arrival of a PCC in Avon and Somerset will mark the end of the Police Authority, with the PCC taking over the role on November 22, ensuring that the police force are providing an efficient and effective service on behalf of the public.



Find out more about Police and Crime Commissioners (15 March 2012)


Avon and Somerset Police Authority Chief Executive John Smith will be talking to voluntary and community organisations in Bristol on Thursday, March 15, about the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).


On November 15, people across the country (apart from London) will elect the first ever PCCs who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in each police force area.


The arrival of a PCC in Avon and Somerset will mark the end of the Police Authority. With the PCC taking over the role on November 22, ensuring that the police force are providing an efficient and effective service on behalf of the public.


John Smith will speak about what PCCs will mean for Avon and Somerset and answer questions at Voscur's Neighbourhoods and Communities Network meeting at Easton Community Centre, Kilburn Street, Easton, Bristol, BS5 6AW.


For more information about the event please visit Voscur.



Home Office roadshow on Police and Crime Commissioners comes to the South-west (28 February 2012)


Today the South-west will play host to the latest regional roadshow about Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).


Home Office leads from the Police Reform Unit will visit Exeter to talk about the role of PCCs to Local Authority leaders and chief executives, community safety leads, members of criminal justice and voluntary organisations and Police Authority staff.


In November, people across England and Wales will take to the ballot box for the first time to elect a PCC. There will be one for each of the 41 police force areas, with a separate election for London.


The job of PCCs will be to:

The roadshows are a chance for organisations to raise questions ahead of the elections and will be taking place all over the country.


Policing Minister Nick Herbert MP said: "The arrival of Police and Crime Commissioners will be the most significant democratic reform of policing in our lifetime. From November, people will be able to turn to their PCC to holdthe police to account on their behalf."


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