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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

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.
Proud of festival role

Proud of festival role

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Friday 5th July 2019
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Last weekend, the biggest music festival in the world came to our doorstep and over 200,000 people descended on Worthy Farm for Glastonbury 2019.
Making changes to stop the 'revolving door' of prison

Making changes to stop the 'revolving door' of prison

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Friday 21st June 2019
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There's been a lot of discussion over the past few weeks regarding offending and rehabilitation. I'm pleased to see that these issues are being aired by our ministers and the media.
Take the time to chat to and help protect elderly members of our community

Take the time to chat to and help protect elderly members of our community

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Friday 14th June 2019
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The UK has a swiftly aging population; Age UK estimates that there are currently around 12 million people aged 65 and above currently living in the UK. Sadly, there are a growing number of criminals who seek to take advantage of our senior community and exploit the fragility that comes with older age for their own financial benefit.
Wonderful to see D-Day veteran recovering well

Wonderful to see D-Day veteran recovering well

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Friday 7th June 2019
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I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Iftar celebrations last week. With over 6,000 guests gathered in St Marks Road it was a truly memorable occasion and I was humbled to be one of the first people to taste one of the vast vats of Biryani being served at the celebration.
Guest blog: 28 years as a Special Constable

Guest blog: 28 years as a Special Constable

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Friday 31st May 2019
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Simon Bale has been a Special Constable for Avon & Somerset Police for over 28 years. He talks through his experiences across the Police force.
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