PCSO will lead estate police project

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 April 2015

The police project is based on the Bournville and Oldmixon estates

The police project is based on the Bournville and Oldmixon estates

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A PCSO will take charge of a police project on Weston's estates, which the new temporary Chief Inspector for North Somerset has promised to take a special interest in.

The One Team Project, formerly called Bournville One, was created at the beginning of 2014 when it was revealed the Bournville estate was the busiest area for Avon and Somerset Constabulary outside of Bristol.

Sergeant Lee Kerslake was appointed to get the project up-and-running and to improve information-sharing between police and other agencies.

The aim of the project was to help reduce antisocial behaviour.

A team of four PCs and four PCSOs had begun to operate in the Bournville and Oldmixon area under Sergeant Kerslake and the One Team banner.

But Sergeant’s Kerslake’s role was always intended to be temporary, and the project will now be handed over to PCSO Kerry Clark.

Temporary Chief Inspector Stuart Bell helped to create the similar Halcon One project in Taunton.

He said: “Lee Kerslake has done an absolutely fantastic job in the area.

“He started to build a lot of relationships with agencies and partners.”

He added that it did not matter that a Sergeant was being replaced by a PCSO as the scheme’s co-ordinator.

He said: “I think what is important is not so much the rank of the person but the personality of the person who is co-ordinating it. I am confident Kerry Clark, who we have asked to step into the role, can build on that.”

Temporary Chief Inspector Bell said the One Team project was formed differently to the Halcon One project he helped to create.

He said: “Looking at it from the outside, I think the aims and ambitions are almost identical. The way they have been set up is slightly different.

“We need to look at what needs to be done at a strategic level to make sure the strategic governance is in place to secure funding and security for the team.

“I would like to work in partnership with the strategic leaders of agencies in the Bournville to set up a more substantial strategic management to protect it.”

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