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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

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
Rainbow flags, glitter and face paints

Rainbow flags, glitter and face paints

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Friday 20th July 2018
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Despite the beautiful colours and wonderful outfits, people from across the city and beyond came together for one important reason – to celebrate Pride and our differences in sexuality. The biggest Pride gathering to date, it made me proud to see our city come together in this way; revelling in our diversity and unified that undesirable behaviour towards another based on their sexuality will not be tolerated.

Demand of seasonal events and policing the world cup

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Friday 6th July 2018
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Hot and dry British summers are a rarity and for anyone who knows how much I despise the cold, the warm weather we're having is very welcome. I do appreciate however for those working during this time, in particular those working in uniform, how the heatwave is more than a little uncomfortable. As we enter the summer period, we continue to face policing budget and resource challenges.
Right people, right culture, right equipment

Right people, right culture, right equipment

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Friday 22nd June 2018
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Police officer recruitment is now open. Policing is a challenging and rewarding job and it is vital that the service reflects the communities it serves. I want all residents to be safe and feel safe and I believe having a diverse workforce is an important part of this. Find out more about police officer recruitment, summer events and the next Facebook live in the PCC's latest blog, online now.
Taking the time to celebrate our volunteers

Taking the time to celebrate our volunteers

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Friday 8th June 2018
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Police support volunteers undertake a variety of different roles and cover everything from helping with Community Speedwatch initiatives, to being a restorative justice facilitator to making sure the fleet vehicles run smoothly and are gleaming. There are 650 volunteers who support policing across Avon and Somerset – people who give up their time to help keep our police service running smoothly.
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volunteers, National Volunteers' Week, Specials, PCSOs, Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, neighbourhood policing, Easton, Yate
Stronger communities are safer communities

Stronger communities are safer communities

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Friday 25th May 2018
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Stronger communities are safer communities. However, strong communities can only thrive if we continue to develop our relationships, working together as residents, local people and the police. Read more.
A whistle-stop tour of those who make up the criminal justice system

A whistle-stop tour of those who make up the criminal justice system

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Friday 11th May 2018
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Effective policing relies on local people having confidence in the policing service they receive. With that we rightly expect police officers to demonstrate the highest levels of integrity in the service they provide.
Working together to improve the policing service for the future

Working together to improve the policing service for the future

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Friday 27th April 2018
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Local people of the Easton and surrounding communities will understandably be concerned to hear of Cllr Afzal Shah's arrest and subsequent de-arrest.
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
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