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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

Assurance over devastating crimes

Assurance over devastating crimes

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Friday 15th March 2019
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This week's Sue's news focuses on residential burglary, knife crime and the illegal supply of drugs causing a devastating impact on our communities.
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knife crime, burglary, drugs, Sue's news
Turning around the lives of vulnerable women caught up in the criminal justice system

Turning around the lives of vulnerable women caught up in the criminal justice system

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Friday 8th March 2019
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Today marks International Women's Day and we're highlighting the work that is going on across Avon and Somerset to specifically support women offenders.
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reducing reoffending, SHE, women, international womens day, The Nelson Trust, offenders, help, support
Probation frustrations and sex education reforms

Probation frustrations and sex education reforms

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Friday 1st March 2019
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Sue's News: Rightly there's been a lot of criticism of the government's part-privatisation programme of probation services over the past couple of weeks. We are the area which so far has suffered the largest blow with Working Links (Employment), which covered the south west going into administration.
Guest Blog: I found out what it's like behind the scenes of police custody

Guest Blog: I found out what it's like behind the scenes of police custody

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Wednesday 20th February 2019
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I joined the Independent Custody Visitor (ICV) team approximately four and a half years ago. I wanted the experience of working in a law environment, whilst taking a masters level qualification at university.
Guest Blog: Don't fall for a #Fauxmance

Guest Blog: Don't fall for a #Fauxmance

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Thursday 14th February 2019
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Guest Blog: Joanne Bocko, Cyber Protect Officer. The internet has changed the way we communicate. The addition of computers into our lives has given many of us the confidence to make connections with old friends, seek out new friends and even romance. However it can be difficult online to know whether the person you're speaking to is who they say they are.
Additional council tax will mean 100 more officers

Additional council tax will mean 100 more officers

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Friday 8th February 2019
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In this week's Sue's news, I discuss the importance of the council tax precept for the Constabulary's fight against crime and clear up the inaccuracies surrounding the #JogOn campaign.
Guest Blog: #EndFGM

Guest Blog: #EndFGM

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Wednesday 6th February 2019
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6th February is a significant date in the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) calendar. The date when those involved in this work across the globe join together to reaffirm our commitment to end this practice and allow women and girls to live free from the immeasurable physical and psychological harm caused by 'the cut.'
Guest blog: Agitating for local communities: the work of a County Councillor.

Guest blog: Agitating for local communities: the work of a County Councillor.

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Friday 1st February 2019
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I was thrilled to receive a PCC Pride Award last August for my work as a local councillor - Adam Dance.
Empowering people from all backgrounds

Empowering people from all backgrounds

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Friday 25th January 2019
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Sue's News: This week I was fortunate enough to attend Bristol City Council's Stepping Up Graduation. The programme is aimed at improving the representation of BAME people, disabled people and women in senior leadership roles within Bristol and the wider region
Guest blog: Reflecting on my policing career in Avon and Somerset

Guest blog: Reflecting on my policing career in Avon and Somerset

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Friday 18th January 2019
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PC Ifor Williams, who is retiring at the end of this month, tells us about his experience of working for Avon and Somerset Constabulary
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