Police will no longer attend parish council meetings

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 January 2017

Avon and Somerset Constabulary.

Police officers will no longer attend parish council meetings regularly in North Somerset.

Banwell Parish Council wrote to Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens to ask why beat officers had not been at its recent meetings.

The council met on Monday and its clerk Liz Shayler said the PCC had replied to say officers will no longer attend meetings ‘as a matter of course’ as police reports take up a ‘disproportionate amount of time’ to compile and officers’ time can be better spent elsewhere.

Parish councils will have to visit Avon and Somerset police’s website to compile their own crime reports from now on – rather than receiving monthly updates from officers – but data is only available two months after crimes have been reported.

But Ms Shayler told the meeting the PCC said if there is a specific problem or a matter a parish council wishes to discuss, an officer may be able to attend if enough notice is given.

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