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View from the Commons - 27th August 2019

28th August 2019

The welcome news that Salisbury has been shortlisted for the latest round of the Future High Streets Fund got the week off to a great start.

The groundwork for a strong bid is already done and I look forward to continuing to liaise with colleagues and make the case for Salisbury’s bid in Westminster.

Last week’s early shift shadowing Salisbury police officers was both an extremely enjoyable and informative experience.

While I was pleased to be following in the footsteps of my grandfather, who was a Salisbury police officer for many years before being transferred to the north of the county, I learned a great deal about the successes of - and obstacles to - modern policing.

In particular, I observed the careful planning which is undertaken on a daily basis in order to keep tabs on potential sources of criminal activity.

Patrolling the city with officers, I came to understand better their need for more frontline resources and greater flexibility in their working conditions, allowing them to operate lawfully and appropriately, without fear of politically correct agendas undermining their effectiveness.

I was fortunate to participate in a visit to a suspect’s home, where an arrest was made and evidence collected.

I was left with a very clear sense of how extra national resources for policing could be successfully allocated in Salisbury and south Wiltshire.

I would like to thank PC Josh Bliss and his colleagues for their constructive and candid observations throughout the day.

As a patron of Community Transport South Wiltshire, it was a great pleasure to attend the launch of the new Amesbury Hoppa bus and also to be invited back to Greg’s Games – the annual Mencap sports day.

Over the years, I have frequently been moved by the determination and commitment and families and volunteers to put on such a wonderful event for a very special group of people in our community.

Our current mayor is a stalwart supporter of Mencap and it is easy to see why.

My thanks are also due to South Wilts Cricket Club for their hospitality at Saturday’s home match and my congratulations to those schools and individuals celebrating an excellent crop of A-level and GCSE results.


Posted by John Glen at 11:25am

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