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Meet your PCC

Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Sue Mountstevens was elected as an independent PCC in 2012 before being re-elected in 2016.

In her words, Sue describes her role as Police and Crime Commissioner:

“My most important skill is listening to local people, especially victims and their families. I want communities to know it is their police service. It does not belong to any political party; it belongs to local people and they deserve to have a voice. My role is about being independent, open and compassionate.”

Key responsibilities

The PCC is responsible for setting the direction and budget for policing in Avon and Somerset.

This involves:

  • Holding the police to account through the Chief Constable
  • Being accountable to local people
  • Setting the strategic direction and accountability for policing
  • Setting policing priorities in consultation with communities
  • Consulting, involving, and engaging with local people

Sue is Deputy Lead of the Association of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s (APCC) Portfolio Group on Criminal Justice Efficiency and Effectiveness.

Find out more about the PCC’s role.

Biography

  • Sue was previously Director of the successful Mountstevens Bakeries for 25 years. As part of the family-run business, she oversaw 1,200 staff working from 93 shops in the South West.
  • She served as a Magistrate on the Bristol Youth, Family and Adult benches for 15 years.
  • Sue was the Vice-Chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at Bristol Prison.
  • She worked as an independent member of the Police Authority, where she was a lead member on Major Crime. Sue also chaired the board for the successful Brunel Collaboration Project between Avon and Somerset Police and Wiltshire Constabulary.
  • In 2020, the PCC became Chair of Quartet Community Foundation. The foundation provides numerous awards grants to frontline charities and voluntary groups to support local people.

Key achievements

  • Produced the Tipping Point report: The PCC worked alongside the Chief Constable to issue The Tipping Point (PDF) in 2017. The report provided a detailed analysis of demand, finance and workforce wellbeing, which helped influence the national debate on police funding.
  • Set up the South West Reducing Reoffending Partnership Board: The South West Reducing Reoffending Partnership Board, bringing together senior leaders from agencies such as police, probation, Health, the voluntary sector, prison service and South West PCCs. The Board is working together to reduce reoffending, understand the causes of reoffending and prevent more people become victims of crime.
  • Commissioned a portfolio of victim support services: The PCC has commissioned an array of victim support services for domestic abuse, child abuse, sexual violence, modern slavery and anti-social behaviour. In 2014, she introduced Lighthouse a service which offers support to victims and witnesses throughout the policing process.

Personal life

Sue has lived in Avon and Somerset her whole life. She is happily married with three children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren. Hobbies are a bit of a luxury when you are serving as PCC, but Sue enjoys running, cycling, and gardening.

Meeting your PCC

The PCC will always try and make themselves available to those that need to speak with them. You can meet your PCC at public forums and drop-in sessions which are held regularly across the force area. Find out more about when the PCC is in your area next.

Connect with Sue on LinkedIn.


Deputy PCC

Sue is supported in her role as PCC by Deputy PCC John Smith. Find out more about the Deputy PCC.

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