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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: What is honour-based abuse?

Guest blog: What is honour-based abuse?

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Tuesday 14th July 2020
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On the National Day of Remembrance for victims of honour-based abuse we spoke to Karma Nirvana, a national charity who support victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage, about honour-based abuse and how victims can get support.
This Saturday is not a return to normal

This Saturday is not a return to normal

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Friday 3rd July 2020
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It is important to remember that the further lifting of restrictions this weekend is not a return to normal. We are still in the middle of a global health emergency; our pubs and restaurants are going to look very different to what we are used to and local businesses will be taking careful steps to minimise the risk of the transmission of covid-19.
Guest blog: Why do we celebrate Pride Month and why does it still matter?

Guest blog: Why do we celebrate Pride Month and why does it still matter?

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Thursday 25th June 2020
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We spoke to Berkeley Wilde, Director at The Diversity Trust, about the history of LGBT+ Pride Month, why it still matters and how his team are working with partners to create a safer and fairer society.
Have compassion, look out for one another and stay safe

Have compassion, look out for one another and stay safe

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Friday 19th June 2020
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As coronavirus restrictions continue to be lifted, this week we have seen non-essential shops reopening and the introduction of social support bubbles for those living alone in England.
Do not let sacrifice go to waste as restrictions eased

Do not let sacrifice go to waste as restrictions eased

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Friday 5th June 2020
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This week has been a week of change; we have seen the introduction of the NHS test and trace service, some children have returned to school and some coronavirus restrictions have been eased. Families and friends can now see each other – while adhering to social distancing – and life is starting to return to some sort of 'normal.'
Volunteers' Week: Out of Court Disposals Panel

Volunteers' Week: Out of Court Disposals Panel

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Friday 5th June 2020
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For Volunteers' Week we spoke to Mike Evans, an Out of Court Disposals (OOCD) volunteer, to find out more about what the Panel do and why their work is important
Volunteers' Week: Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel

Volunteers' Week: Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel

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Thursday 4th June 2020
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For Volunteers' Week we spoke to Chair of the Scrutiny of Police Powers (SOPP) Panel, David Woodward, about the important role of the Panel and acting as a critical friend to Avon and Somerset Police.
Volunteers' Week: Independent Custody Visitors

Volunteers' Week: Independent Custody Visitors

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Wednesday 3rd June 2020
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For Volunteers' Week, we spoke to Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) Anita Dibble to find out more about why the role is important and the ongoing work behind the doors of police custody.
I stand with you

I stand with you

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Tuesday 2nd June 2020
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We must stand together to fight for a stronger, fairer society built on a foundation of unity and equity.
Volunteers' Week: Appropriate Adults

Volunteers' Week: Appropriate Adults

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Tuesday 2nd June 2020
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For Volunteers' Week we spoke to Appropriate Adult Eltjo de Vries to find out more about why the role is important and the ongoing work to protect vulnerable people behind the doors of police custody.
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