PCC Ms Mountstevens sworn in
PCC Sue Mountstevens officially sworn in
Sue Mountstevens was today officially sworn in as Avon and Somerset’s first Police and Crime Commissioner announcing 72 more police officers on the beat next year and vowing to listen to all voices particularly the ‘quiet ones’.
Ms Mountstevens was sworn in at a ceremony at The Station, youth facility in Bristol this afternoon before an audience of voluntary sector organisations, young people and senior policing figures.
The guests witnessed Sue Mountstevens say and sign an oath of impartiality, which all 41 Police and Crime Commissioners must swear before officially taking up office on Thursday, November 22.
Speaking to the crowd she said: “I know everyone wants more police officers on the beat and there will be 72 new recruits next year. However we will also be working smarter and increasing the visibility of the officers and staff we already have. There will be no more money for policing I pledged to freeze the policing part of the council tax during my campaign and I will do that however police cuts and council tax freezes will make the future unsustainable for policing.
“My job is clearly to listen to all the voices, including the quiet ones to make sure that victims are at the heart of the criminal justice system and when needed to challenge the Chief Constable so that we can make the wisest decisions.
She also revealed that she would develop a Police and Crime Plan for each of the six policing districts of Avon and Somerset as well as appointing a youth ambassador.
She added: “I want to have full engagement from the public, district commanders, officers, staff, partners and the voluntary and community sector to ensure that these plans are effective and meet your needs.”
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Posted on Wednesday 21st November 2012