'Shock' as police name new community room after local legend

Deputy Chief Constable Jon Reilly, Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Stephanie McKenna and Carol Casey outside the Casey Community Room
-Credit: (Image: Avon and Somerset Police handout)


A woman has described her ‘shock’ after discovering that the newly-refurbished police station at the end of her road now has a community room named after her.

Carol Casey has been active in Knowle West for decades, and led or set up many community organisations as a passionate advocate for more and better public services on the estate.

This week she was invited to attend the re-opening of the public inquiry office at Broadbury Road police station, in the heart of Knowle West, but got something of a surprise on a tour of the newly-refurbished station.

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A new ‘Casey Community Room’ has been created as part of the refurbishment, which was news to Carol. Deputy Chief Constable Jon Reilly attended the mini re-opening event, alongside the neighbourhood Chief Inspector for South Bristol, Stephanie McKenna. “It was quite a shock when I found out about the room, and I feel very privileged,” said Carol. “I’d like to thank Jon and Steph for this honour.”

Carol has been at the heart of many community initiatives, organisations, groups and projects in Knowle West. She was chair of the Knowle West Health Association for 25 years, set up a domestic violence support service, and opened up the first Ofsted registered creche in Knowle West too.

She also was on the steering group that planned the Knowle West Health Park, helped set up the charity re:work in Filwood Broadway, was one of the small group that set up the community bus and established the playing fields as a charitable trust to protect them from development - among many other projects.

“Carol has been an inspiration for everyone here and we just wanted to say thank you by naming the community room after her,” said Chief Insp McKenna.

“Our whole team at Broadbury Road are passionate about the service we provide to the community here in south Bristol,” she added. “It is the reason we come into work every day, and this refurbishment will ensure we are able to continue supporting the community for many years to come,” she said.

Deputy Chief Constable Jon Reilly and Carol Casey join the enquiry office and Neighbourhood Policing teams at Broadbury Road
Deputy Chief Constable Jon Reilly and Carol Casey join the enquiry office and Neighbourhood Policing teams at Broadbury Road -Credit:Avon and Somerset Police handout

The police station at Broadbury Road will now be going through the next stage of its refurbishment, but with front-of-house public access restored.

“It's great to be back at Broadbury Road Police Station to reopen the enquiry office – it's where I started my career, and I always enjoy coming back,” said the deputy chief constable.

“It's important to keep improving our stations, and enquiry offices are a big part of the service we can provide for our communities. They're the first point of contact for people when they walk into a police station. They also handle online crime reports, process intelligence, deal with seized vehicles, and much more,” he added.