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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

Honouring heroes past and present

Honouring heroes past and present

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Friday 9th November 2018
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This week I was delighted to host an awards ceremony with the Mayor of Bristol to say thank you to all the people who made this year's St Paul's carnival possible.
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Sue's news, Blog
Working together to beat modern slavery

Working together to beat modern slavery

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Monday 29th October 2018
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Modern slavery is happening in Avon and Somerset. It's happening in Bristol, it's happening across our cities, towns, in fields and behind closed doors. It's around us, if we really look.
Guest blog: Meet a Hate Crime Champion

Guest blog: Meet a Hate Crime Champion

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Friday 19th October 2018
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Hate Crime Champions, including myself, take responsibility to check the crimes motivated by prejudice in their local areas and ensure that those affected are offered the very best support for their individual needs.
We must work together to keep our communities safe

We must work together to keep our communities safe

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Friday 12th October 2018
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Knives cost lives and we must never be complacent about it. The repercussions of knife and serious violent crime are vast with devastating effects on not just the people involved, but the whole community.
Guest blog: Life as an intern in the PCC's office

Guest blog: Life as an intern in the PCC's office

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Friday 5th October 2018
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Change is a daunting prospect, so when I began my internship with the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner in June 2017, I was petrified. How will I remember everyone's names? How will I ever find my way around Police and Fire HQ? How will I cope with this much responsibility?
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Guest Blog, Intern
Recruiting in the right direction

Recruiting in the right direction

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Friday 28th September 2018
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I had the pleasure in attending the latest police graduation ceremony at Police and Fire Headquarters, Portishead, last Friday. It's a joy to go to these services and see the pride in the police officers passing out in front of their families and loved ones. As I talk to them I am impressed by their genuine commitment to make a difference and to serve local people.
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be safe and feel safe
"I understand why people feel like they're paying more and getting less"

"I understand why people feel like they're paying more and getting less"

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Friday 14th September 2018
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Policing and more specifically police funding has not been out of the headlines this week. With the annual Superintendents Conference to the National Audit Office report on the sustainability of police funding it's been hard to escape the damming criticisms of Government.
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national audit office, Superintendents Association, police funding, Government, Home Office, Home Secreretary, Prime Minister
Guest blog: Understanding the complexity of crime (and flat-pack furniture)

Guest blog: Understanding the complexity of crime (and flat-pack furniture)

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Thursday 30th August 2018
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I don't understand – an accusation levelled at me on a regular basis by my daughter, and usually in response to a request I've made. It is also a thought I have quite often when I'm listening to someone speak, reading a lengthy document, looking at a spreadsheet (even if I make good use of the zoom function) or trying to assemble flat-packed furniture.
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Guest Blog, OPCC
Vulnerability comes in all shapes and sizes

Vulnerability comes in all shapes and sizes

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Friday 17th August 2018
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Protecting the most vulnerable from harm is the number one policing priority that I have set Avon and Somerset Constabulary, after local people told me it was most important to them. Vulnerability comes in all shapes and sizes and can affect anyone at any given period in their lives. I've thought a lot about vulnerability this week as the Government published their Rough Sleeping Strategy.
Would you be happy to support policing by paying an additional £1 a month?

Would you be happy to support policing by paying an additional £1 a month?

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Friday 3rd August 2018
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Over the summer I will be out and about in the community speaking to local residents about the policing part of the council tax, ahead of setting the policing budget for next year. I'm asking residents for their views on whether or not you would be happy to support policing by paying an additional £1 a month.
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policing, Police budget, Council tax, summer events, probation, criminal justice service, collaboration, breaking the cycle of crime
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