Local residents in Frampton Cotterell have been invited to the latest Police and Crime Surgery in South Gloucestershire, hosted by the local MP Luke Hall, with the opportunity to raise any concerns in the local area.
In attendance was the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Shelford, and the local police beat team in Frampton Cotterell, who were on hand to discuss a wide range of issues and concerns, including the importance of police presence across the community, tackling rural crime, hazardous parking, and maintaining a strong stance on any anti-social behaviour.
Luke and the Police and Crime Commissioner also discussed what more could be done to improve safety for families, the elderly, and young children living in the neighbourhood.
Luke Hall said, “I am grateful to everyone who stopped by my surgery last week to discuss local concerns in Frampton Cotterell. As our local MP, I am working closely with the neighbourhood police team to enhance the safety and security for residents in our rural villages.”
“Having lived in rural South Gloucestershire my whole life, I understand the importance of supporting our local farmers and rural businesses with the challenges they often encounter, and appreciate the importance of regular patrols and police support for our community.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, Mark Shelford, added, “I had a brilliant day getting out and about in South Gloucestershire and meeting partners, local politicians and, most importantly, residents. It is vital that I understand what concerns communities have so I can speak to the right partners and organisations to ensure everyone is working together to tackle issues that are important for local people.”
Nationally, the planned recruitment of 20,000 new police officers continues at pace, with over 11,000 extra police officers have been recruited across England and Wales since 2019.
It was also confirmed that the Home Office will be providing an extra £540 million by 2024-25 to complete recruitment of these new officers. This will take the total to 148,000 officers by 2023, representing a 16 per cent increase on 2019.