Avon and Somerset’s first Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens says the job is ‘even better than expected’ as she reflects on her first 100 days in office.
Sue Mountstevens was elected in November with the highest mandate of any Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in England and Wales, a total of 125,000 votes.
During her first 100 days she has appointed a new Chief Constable, frozen the policing part of the council tax, committed to seven Police and Crime Plans, opened recruitment for a volunteer complaints panel and started work on a Business Crime Forum.
Reflecting on the 100 days Sue Mountstevens said: “I knew the role would be interesting and varied but it is a privilege to be Avon and Somerset’s first Police and Crime Commissioner. It carries great responsibilities but I promise I will do the job to the best of my ability.”
Sue Mountstevens confirmed that fulfilling her pre-election priorities of tackling anti-social behaviour, burglary, violence against women and children and putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice system had already begun.
She added: “We are now in the final stages of consultation on the Police and Crime Plans which are based on my four-priorities and the issues you have raised with me. I will be going through the thousands of consultation responses from people to make sure that the Plans reflect local needs. We all want to live in a community that is strong and safe and the Plans will reflect that and what matter to you in your local area.”
In the next few weeks the PCC will be working on the allocation of the community safety grant and the application process for the Commissioner’s £200,000 Community Action Fund which both launch in April. The action fund will allow groups, charities and voluntary organisations to apply for grants to make a difference in their community and will be administered by the Police Community Trust.
You can view a photo gallery of Sue Mountstevens first 100 days in office on Flickr or take part in a webchat with the Commissioner tonight at 1800 by visiting www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
Avon and Somerset residents went to the polls on November 15 and Sue Mountstevens took up office on November 22.
Posted on Monday 4th March 2013