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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

Knives cost lives and we must never be complacent about it

Knives cost lives and we must never be complacent about it

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Monday 16th April 2018
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Knife and serious violent crime is making national headlines following the spate of stabbings in London, which has resulted in multiple deaths and even more victims. Let's be clear, carrying a weapon in Avon and Somerset will not be tolerated.
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knife crime, Serious violent crime, victims, FB Live, sexual entertainment venues, Be Proud Awards, PCC Pride Awards
Guest blog: Improving services for victims of crime and vulnerable people

Guest blog: Improving services for victims of crime and vulnerable people

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Thursday 5th April 2018
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Protecting victims of the crimes such as domestic and sexual abuse has long been important to her, and now in this new Plan protecting the most vulnerable is clearly stated as her top priority. By aiming to protect the most vulnerable from harm, Sue is setting a challenge for Avon and Somerset.
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Protecting the most vulnerable from harm, criminal justice service, victims
Modern slavery is always closer than we think

Modern slavery is always closer than we think

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Tuesday 3rd April 2018
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Last week the National Crime Agency announced a worrying surge in modern slavery cases nationwide with more than 25 victims identified within Avon and Somerset alone.
Empowering the voices of our young people

Empowering the voices of our young people

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Friday 16th March 2018
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Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is happening and together we need to stop it before it starts. Sunday, March 18 marks the National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day and over the past few weeks, I've been working with the police and partners to raise awareness of this terrible crime.
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CSE, child sexual exploitation, knife crime, Op Topaz, Be Proud Awards, PCC Pride Awards
Thank you to all those who helped Storm Emma pass as smoothly as possible

Thank you to all those who helped Storm Emma pass as smoothly as possible

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Monday 5th March 2018
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Thank you does not even come close to how grateful I, and undoubtedly the communities of Avon and Somerset, feel for the way our emergency services have helped Storm Emma come and pass as smoothly as possible these past few days.
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Storm Emma, Beast from the East, Thank you, community, police, fire, ambulance, charity, voluntary groups, community spirit
It's important we look out for each other during this severe weather

It's important we look out for each other during this severe weather

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Friday 2nd March 2018
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I'm writing this week's column watching the snow settle thick and fast at Police and Fire HQ and having just seen that the Met Office have issued an official red weather alert. I cannot recall a time when it has been as cold, particularly in March.
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Beast from the East, Storm Emma, Red alert, FGM, Channel 4, Honour-based abuse, forced marriage, Drop-in
Invisible people - the struggle of women and everyday slavery

Invisible people - the struggle of women and everyday slavery

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Tuesday 6th February 2018
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In 1918, following years of bitter struggle, some women finally gained the right to vote. Progress for women has often felt painfully slow and this week I've been asked about attitudes towards me as a female public leader.
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1918, women vote, 100 years, female public leaders, modern slavery, NCA, equality, workplace, Britain, hidden crime, diversity
Guest blog: The need for us as an organisation to have a representative workforce

Guest blog: The need for us as an organisation to have a representative workforce

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Friday 2nd February 2018
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The need for us as an organisation to have a representative workforce, that truly reflects the communities of Avon and Somerset, is absolutely paramount, if we are going to understand our communities and be able to effectively provide them with a policing service, that meets their needs.
Bridging the funding gap and recognising our policing hereos

Bridging the funding gap and recognising our policing hereos

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Friday 19th January 2018
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Over the past year, I have been lobbying hard for the best possible funding arrangements for policing.
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Council tax, police, Government, Police and Crime Panel, New Year's Honours, QPM, awards
New Year, new you? How we can all make a difference in 2018

New Year, new you? How we can all make a difference in 2018

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Friday 5th January 2018
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Happy 2018! Before we look to the year ahead, I would like to say a massive thank you to those emergency services that were required to work throughout the holidays, to keep our local communities safe. It is always incredibly appreciated.
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