When eight year old Lilia, from Trinity Primary School in Portishead, asked to interview Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens, the PCC was only too happy to embrace such enthusiasm for finding out more about her role.
During the interview, Lilia proceeded to ask PCC Sue Mountstevens questions including whether local people like the decisions she’s making, how she knows if she’s making a difference and why Ms Mountstevens wanted to become a PCC in the first place.
The youngster also shared with the PCC different topics covered by her school including 'stranger danger' and cyber safety, as well as sharing her concerns for police officer safety following the ongoing attacks across the country, which the police are having to respond to.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I was surprised by Lilia’s enthusiasm to find out more about my role and felt her questions were both thought-provoking and challenging. As a young person, I was deeply encouraged by Lilia’s interest in the PCC role and also heartened by her passion for finding out about the ongoing challenges the police face.
“As your elected PCC, I am here to represent your voice in policing, so it’s only right I make myself accountable to the local people I serve, Lilia included. It’s important I continue to make myself open and accessible to local people across Avon and Somerset and I am willing to try different ways of doing this.”
You can view the full interview here:
Lilia said: “I was both nervous and excited about interviewing the PCC. I wanted to know why Sue wanted to become the PCC, whether it made her happy or sad and wanted to understand if what she’s doing is making a difference.”
On interviewing the PCC, Lilia shared the news with her Head Teacher who expressed great pride in her pupil’s achievement and who plans to share the video at an assembly when the children return to school after the summer holidays.
Sue continued: “It is clear Lilia has a wise head on her young shoulders and I hope her interest with policing and public affairs continues. Who knows maybe she’ll even consider becoming a Police and Crime Commissioner in the future.”
The interview can also be found on the new Police and Crime Plan website: www.avonandsomersetplan.co.uk
The new Police and Crime Plan website aims to ensure policing is accessible, open and transparent to local people, provide updates on performance against the policing priorities and offers opportunities to get involved with the policing service.
On the site, you will also find downloadable local Police and Crime Plans created in partnership with each of the five local authority areas. Currently the Bristol and South Gloucestershire Plans have been published with the other areas’ plans still in production.
Posted on Friday 28th July 2017