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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

Guest Blog: I thought you just did diving

Guest Blog: I thought you just did diving

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Friday 13th September 2019
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"I thought you just did diving" is the phrase I tend to hear most when I tell people what we do as the Underwater Search Unit for Avon and Somerset Police. So, I thought I would spend a few minutes to give you a flavour of a few of the things that we have been involved with over the past few weeks. - Sgt Nick Evans, Underwater Search Unit.

Teamwork helping make our roads safer

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Friday 6th September 2019
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With the school holidays over, I've been reflecting on the exceptionally busy summer we've experienced. From the Extinction Rebellion protests that caused traffic mayhem in and around Bristol to wonderful events including Glastonbury, Pride and the Harbourside Festival, the police have worked really hard over the last few months to keep our communities safe.
Guest blog: 30 years working with offenders

Guest blog: 30 years working with offenders

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Wednesday 21st August 2019
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For nearly 30 years I have worked with offenders, as a magistrate; with the charity Footprints; Independent Monitoring Board and the Youth Offending Team.
Guest blog: I will do everything in my power to safeguard or prevent the abuse of a child

Guest blog: I will do everything in my power to safeguard or prevent the abuse of a child

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Wednesday 7th August 2019
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Child Exploitation Prevention Officer, Andri, tells us why she is working hard to raise awareness of this awful crime among professionals, businesses, children, parents, schools and local communities.
PM's promise will ease pressure on force

PM's promise will ease pressure on force

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Friday 2nd August 2019
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Last week, Boris Johnson moved into Number 10 Downing Street and became our new Prime Minister. As he stepped into his new home, he formalised a promise he had made during his campaign; to recruit 20,000 more police officers to make our streets safer. This a commitment that I very much welcome.
Life as a PCSO

Life as a PCSO

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Friday 26th July 2019
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Neighbourhood Officer of the Year, Susan Thompson, tells us why she became a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO). Recruitment closes at midnight on Sunday 28th July.
Restorative Justice: ever thought of it being used with Hate Crime?

Restorative Justice: ever thought of it being used with Hate Crime?

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Tuesday 23rd July 2019
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How much do you really know about Restorative Justice? Many have heard about it in some shape or form but don't really know how the process works and the benefits it can bring to victims, offenders and the wider community. Restorative Justice (RJ) empowers victims by allowing them to communicate with the offender about the impact of the crime.
The £300,000 cost of policing climate protest

The £300,000 cost of policing climate protest

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Friday 19th July 2019
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For some, this has been a frustrating week of traffic queues and hold-ups in and around Bristol due to Extinction Rebellion's five day protest.
Becoming a PCSO

Becoming a PCSO

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Wednesday 17th July 2019
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Weston-super-Mare Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Remi Prierra tells us about his role and why he enjoys being part of Avon and Somerset Police.
What is honour-based abuse?

What is honour-based abuse?

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Thursday 11th July 2019
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In a new Q&A, PCC Sue Mountstevens asks Punita Bassi, honour-based abuse and forced marriage subject matter expert, how the crime affects both men and women and what local people can do if they know someone is a victim.
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