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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

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
Guest blog: Shadowing our Adult Advocacy Service, AVoice

Guest blog: Shadowing our Adult Advocacy Service, AVoice

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Wednesday 1st February 2017
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Back in September I spent the day with the AVoice team. AVoice are one of suite of victim's services which we commission in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
Elder abuse is a big problem and one that often goes unreported

Elder abuse is a big problem and one that often goes unreported

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Friday 20th January 2017
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We all undoubtedly have an inbuilt desire to keep our loved ones safe and this is the focus of a national campaign I am supporting, helping to protect the elderly members of our community from financial abuse.
Guest blog: Openly demonstrating accountability to the local people of Avon and Somerset

Guest blog: Openly demonstrating accountability to the local people of Avon and Somerset

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Wednesday 18th January 2017
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When PCC Sue Mountstevens was re-elected in May 2016, she made it clear she was committed to continuing consulting and involving local people in decisions that affect local policing.
Guest blog: A better insight into the work of the Police Community Trust

Guest blog: A better insight into the work of the Police Community Trust

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Wednesday 11th January 2017
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As the Police Community Trust Assistant, it is my job to administer all of the funds that the Police Community Trust hold and are responsible for.
I want to ensure I remain your voice in policing

I want to ensure I remain your voice in policing

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Friday 6th January 2017
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My Christmas and New Year thoughts were firmly with those working over what transpired to be an unexpectedly busy festive period.
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