OVER the past seven months, Avon and Somerset Police has undertaken its most comprehensive review of the way they operate leading to the launch of the Operating Model on Tuesday.

The new model plans to bring the frontline closer to local people and ensures officer reductions are kept to a minimum, as well as being clearer about what kind of service local people should expect from their police service.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I am very supportive of the Constabulary’s approach. In reviewing the way they operate they are putting local people first and ensuring policing is responsive to demand. The programme will deliver savings which are required over the next two years although this was not the primary motivating factor for developing the Operating Model.

“I will be closely scrutinising the model and asking the questions that local people will want answered. I will be listening to local people throughout the progress of the Operating Model to make sure it meets local peoples’ expectations.”

Anyone with comments and views about the Constabulary’s new Operating Model can contact Ms Mountstevens on 01275 816377.