New Neighbourhood Beat Manager

posted 30 Mar 2011, 06:36 by Phil Handy   [ updated 1 Apr 2011, 02:13 ]

PC Finbar Simmons is taking over the Frampton Cotterell neighbourhood from PC Ian Matthews, who has decided to return to emergency response policing after two years in post.

Finbar joined Avon and Somerset police in December 2001 and has spent most of his service based at Chipping Sodbury police station as part of the team responding to emergencies. Last year he was recognised as one of the top 10 performing officers in South Gloucestershire. 

Born in Scotland, his family moved to South Gloucestershire when he was a child. He grew up locally and still lives in the area, now with his wife and young sons aged five and seven.

A software engineering graduate he has always had an interest in policing and spent seven years as a volunteer Special Constable while working in other fields.

He said: “I wanted to do things to make a difference and I’m a people person, that’s why I joined the police. As a response officer I recognised that it’s the small things that if left unchecked go on to cause bigger problems further down the line.

“Almost all my service has been based at Chipping Sodbury, I know the area well, so this seemed like a natural progression.

“For me the key to community policing is instilling respect for one another. I’ve begun to introduce myself on the beat, and look forward to getting to know people.”

Outside work Finbar spends time with his family and is currently enovating their home. He is closely involved with his sons’ school and also enjoys reading, mixing electronic music and keeping fit, although a footballing injury now prevents him from playing football competitively.

Police Newsletter


The Winter/Spring 2010-2011 Neighbourhood Policing Newsletter is available to download from the Avon and Somerset Constabulary website.  Hard copies are available from the Brockeridge Centre.