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Mountstevens-02Welcome to the personal blog of PCC Sue Mountstevens.

I am proud to have been re-elected to represent you as your Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

I have lived in this area all my life, I went to school here and I was a director of the family business, Mountstevens Bakeries, for more than 20 years. At its peak, we had 93 shops and employed more than 1,300 people. I have been a magistrate in Bristol for 15 years, chairing the bench on adult, youth and family cases.

I was an independent member of Avon and Somerset Police Authority for two years and vice chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at Bristol Prison for four years.

I thoroughly understand the criminal justice system. During my time on the Police Authority, I learnt how to challenge and question aspects of policing, but obviously to listen.

This blog will be partly about my diary and the things I have coming up as well as my own views on things that might be happening in the area or in the policing and criminal justice landscape. It will also include blogs from other people maybe members of my team or partner organisations we work with on subjects that are topical or relate to policing and crime.

I cannot promise that it will get updated every week and if I haven’t posted anything for a while then you will know that it’s been an extra busy time but I will still be listening.

Sue

No home for hate here

No home for hate here

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Monday 19th June 2017
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It's hard to believe that we are all talking about the loss of precious life in this country once again. My thoughts and prayers this week have been with all the people caught up in the Grenfell Tower fire.
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Big Lunch, Big Walk, Jo Cox, Manchester, London, counter terrorism, hate crime, Eden project
I've taken strength from our country's response

I've taken strength from our country's response

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Friday 26th May 2017
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I never thought I would be writing a second open letter with the Chief Constable to our communities about another terror attack so soon after Westminster.
Are you surviving or thriving?

Are you surviving or thriving?

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Monday 15th May 2017
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Are you surviving or thriving? An important thought for all of us and the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May).
Stalking is unacceptable and it is a criminal offence

Stalking is unacceptable and it is a criminal offence

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Thursday 20th April 2017
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Did you know that this week is National Stalking Awareness Week? Stalking is unacceptable and it is a criminal offence.
Together I believe we can break the cycle of drug related criminal activity

Together I believe we can break the cycle of drug related criminal activity

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Monday 17th April 2017
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This week began on a more sombre note as I joined people across the country, and even the world to pay my respects to PC Keith Palmer.
Guest blog: Dramas like Broadchurch have helped rape survivors speak out

Guest blog: Dramas like Broadchurch have helped rape survivors speak out

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Monday 20th March 2017
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When the producers of Broadchurch approached Rape Crisis England and Wales to advise them on the series, we were able to help ensure the show's creators were prepared for the effect the storyline would have on survivors.
Joining the #BeBoldForChange campaign this #IWD2017

Joining the #BeBoldForChange campaign this #IWD2017

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Wednesday 8th March 2017
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Be bold for change is the theme for this year's International Women's Day 2017, and is a message that deeply resonates with me. If I hadn't been bold back in November 2012 and put myself out there with the vision of making a difference, I wouldn't be here as your Police and Crime Commissioner today.
TV show gives real account of support for rape victims

TV show gives real account of support for rape victims

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Friday 3rd March 2017
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Broadchurch returned to our screens this week and although I don't watch a lot of TV, I haven't been able to escape the wider coverage of the latest series. I've seen rape and sexual assault portrayed on TV and in films in many different ways. However, I think this is the first time I have felt this was dealt with sensitively and gave a real account of the support available if you're a victim of this terrible crime.
It's appalling that one officer is injured every four minutes

It's appalling that one officer is injured every four minutes

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Friday 17th February 2017
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According to figures published by the Police Federation of England and Wales last week, it is estimated that there are more than 6,600 assaults on police officers every day.
Talking about sexual abuse and showing victims help is available

Talking about sexual abuse and showing victims help is available

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Friday 3rd February 2017
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