Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens
Avon and Somerset’s first Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens is today celebrating six months in office.
It has been a busy few months for Sue Mountstevens, who recently launched her Police and Crime Plans setting out her vision for the areas policing and allocated £2.4 million to tackle crime and disorder.
Today Sue Mountstevens will unveil the PCC’s Pride Awards, recognising the silent stars that work tirelessly in their community and sign the contract for Bristol’s PCSOs with Mayor George Ferguson. Tonight she will be on the beat in Yeovil seeing first-hand the work of officers on patrol in the town centre.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It is a new and pioneering role but above all it is an absolute privilege to represent residents. I take my job very seriously and have spent a busy six months meeting victims of crime, residents and community groups.
“I think it is absolutely vital to engage with residents because I cannot do this job without them. I have been hearing local views, particularly in the development of the Police and Crime Plan and I will continue to ensure I am meeting and listening to residents through my community days, Public Forums, events and road-shows.
“It has been a busy but rewarding time. I have launched the plans, a community action fund, frozen the policing part of the council tax and we have managed to open police officer recruitment. However there is lots of work to do and it will no doubt be another very busy six months as we look to make savings and find better and smarter ways of working. But most importantly get even better at concentrating on the things that matter to you and your local area.”
PCC Sue Mountstevens has also launched a community action fund where communities and groups can apply for up to £5000 to come together and tackle issues in their local area relating to the priorities set out in the Police and Crime Plan.
In the next few months the first panel of volunteers to look at complaints against the police appointed by the PCC will meet and in September the first Business Crime Forum will be held with business leaders and major companies.
The PCC has also established a Public Forum where residents can question the Chief Constable and senior police figures as well as herself. The first forum in Frome was a success and Sue Mountstevens wants to make policing more accessible to the public. The next forum will be held on Tuesday, June 25 at 1800 at the Cameron Centre, Lockleaze, Bristol.
Looking ahead the next major projects for the PCC will include commissioning victims’ services locally for the first time and commissioning drug referral services in the new police custody centres in 2014. In the coming weeks there will also be announcements around regional collaboration between the South-west PCCs and police forces.
Posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2013