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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: Saving lives from Behind the Mask

Guest blog: Saving lives from Behind the Mask

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Monday 25th November 2019
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We spoke to Julie Knight, founder of Behind the Mask, an online training resource which offers hair and beauty professionals free access to online learning and resources to spot the signs of domestic abuse.
Apply for the Road Safety Fund and help make your community safer

Apply for the Road Safety Fund and help make your community safer

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Tuesday 19th November 2019
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Mike Ginger from Taunton Are Cycling tells us how the Road Safety Fund helps Taunton cyclist get the 'safe pass' message out
Guest blog: The Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel: Two years on

Guest blog: The Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel: Two years on

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Thursday 31st October 2019
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We spoke to David Woodward, Chair of Scrutiny of Police Powers Panel (SOPP), who explained the work the Panel undertakes…
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Remedy is taking effect

Remedy is taking effect

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Monday 28th October 2019
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In April this year, I increased the policing part of the council tax to introduce Operation Remedy to tackle the issues that matter most to local people; drugs, knife crime and burglary. We're now six months into Op Remedy and I'm delighted to see tangible results, particularly the continuous reduction in the number of burglary offences
Guest Blog: Tackling Islamophobia

Guest Blog: Tackling Islamophobia

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Thursday 17th October 2019
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We spoke to Hasina Khan, who works alongside the Tackling Islamophobia Working Group (TIWG), about why National Hate Crime Week is so important and what should be done to tackle hate crime. TIWG was set up to tackle Islamophobia in response to a rise in hate crime against Muslims.
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Remembering the lives lost in the line of duty

Remembering the lives lost in the line of duty

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Friday 11th October 2019
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Last week, the Constabulary and I marked the National Police Memorial Day and paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
Guest blog: Answering your emergency calls

Guest blog: Answering your emergency calls

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Thursday 3rd October 2019
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Demand for emergency services is increasing and in the world of policing it is imperative that we look at new and innovative ways to deal with growing demand to ensure we are able to support our communities when they need us most.
Guest blog: Victims expressing their experience through art

Guest blog: Victims expressing their experience through art

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Monday 23rd September 2019
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Carol Metters CEO of SAFE Link Sexual Violence services and Next Link Domestic abuse services talks about the 'Yoko Ono Exhibition - Interventions/2'.Interventions/2 is a series of avant-garde films by artist and activist Yoko Ono and the films will play in rooms throughout the Georgian House in Bristol until 31 December.
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Guest Blog, victim support services
Steering young people away from violent crime

Steering young people away from violent crime

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Friday 20th September 2019
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Last Sunday, Avon and Somerset Police and Avon Fire and Rescue opened their doors to your emergency services for our annual Open Day. Thankfully, the weather was kind to us and we welcomed over 7,000 local people to our Headquarters to get a better insight into all aspects of emergency services.
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.
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