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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

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
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.
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