PEOPLE have the chance to help shape the future of policing across West Somerset.

A public forum will be held at the Beach Hotel in Minehead, where members of the public can put their questions to Chief Constable Nick Gargan and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens.

Ms Mountstevens said: “I have visited West Somerset on several occasions consulting on the Police and Crime Plan and visiting projects and initiatives I have funded through my community action fund.

“However this will be the first public forum that we have hosted in West Somer-set and I am keen to hear about policing in the community first-hand from residents.

“I would encourage the people of Minehead and the surrounding areas to come along and put their questions, however big or small, to myself and the Chief.”

The session, which runs from 7-9pm on Tuesday (March 25), will also include an overview of policing in the area by Chief Supt Nikki Watson and a Q&A session, allowing people to raise any concerns.

Ch Con Gargan said: “Avon and Somerset is one of the largest and most diverse areas in the country, ranging from busy conurbations through to most remote rural areas.

“Our next meeting – the sixth we have run as part of our tour of Avon and Somerset – will give communities who live and work in the West Somerset area the chance to put questions to us.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from residents who live in this area on how they can help shape policing in West Somerset.

“I want to hear what they think about the service we provide, what we do well and what we don’t do quite as well, in our efforts to keep people safe and feeling secure.”

The forum will be broadcast live and you can watch it at

If you have any questions you wish to ask email them in advance at pcc@avonandsomerset.pnn.police