New Beat Manager for Bradley Stoke police team

Police at the Bradley Stoke Community FestivalPC Steven Palmer has been appointed the new Neighbourhood Beat Manager for Bradley Stoke, replacing PC Claire Fletcher.

PC Palmer has been on the beat in Bradley Stoke since December 2008, and has already been very busy working with community partners. He is already involved in working with security staff at the new Willow Brook Centre, to identify offenders and challenge anti-social behaviour, and is also working with local schools, council staff and the local Housing Association.

He is married with three children and lives in South Gloucestershire. PC Palmer initially worked at Filton on joining in January 1996, and has recently moved from the Chipping Sodbury and Thornbury Neighbourhood Area, where he has been performing response policing for the last ten and a half years. During that time he has also been the Beat Manager for Thornbury for a three year period from 2003 – 2006.

“I was the Co-ordinator for the successful ‘Thornbury Pubwatch scheme’, which dealt with unacceptable behaviour in the town’s nine public houses, and implemented one year bans to anyone assaulting or threatening pub staff, those involved in using / dealing drugs, or disorderly behaviour near the premises. A number of bans saw a marked reduction in the public order problems that had previously blighted the town centre. I am in the process of implementing a similar scheme in this area and hope it will deter similar behaviour”.

Police say that a small number of local youths have been responsible for most of the anti-social behaviour in Bradley Stoke’s town centre and they are starting to get involved in crime.

“I have already caught one youth driving a stolen moped who has been charged to court, and I am building evidence to seek ASBOs on others in this group”.

PC Palmer is complemented by two PCSOs at present, in Jason Green and Kirsty Flicker, and is looking forward to a third PCSO joining later this year.

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