Sue Mountstevens launches PCC re-election campaign
First-ever Avon and Somerset PCC vows to keep 'politics out of policing'
Independent candidate Sue Mountstevens, who has held the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for the last four years, has officially launched her re-election campaign.
Sue was the first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) to be elected for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary police area in 2012 and vows now, as she did then, to keep political interference out of policing.
In her tenure as PCC she delivered numerous high profile programmes that sought to reduce crime and help raise the voice of the community so that resident's needs were responded to at the highest level.
These include the Lighthouse Project, which has ensured that more than 25,000 vulnerable victims have been given tailored support and local help from within 24 hours reporting crime or anti-social behavior.
Sue also developed and oversaw initiatives that now ensure that children who are suffering from mental illness are no longer held in police cells. Additionally from June this year mentally ill adults who have committed no crime will also not be held in cells.
Sue, who is a wholly self-funding candidate, said: "I have been hugely fortunate to have had the opportunity to deliver some ground breaking programmes.
"Together, we have undergone a lot of positive change, especially when it comes to the needs of victims and of those who are most vulnerable within the community.
"I am deeply committed to being your PCC and want the opportunity to build on the work that has been done so far, as well as to grow the role even further to help the justice system work better for all those it serves."
Sue's main commitments are to:
- Protect residents and police from political interference
- Prevent crime so communities and individuals alike can be safe and feel safe
- Listen and be the voice of the community within the police force
- Work with the Chief Constable for better policing
- Champion Police Officers, PCSOs and Special Constables in local neighbourhoods
- Be a fierce advocate for victims and protect our most vulnerable
- Work with partners to make justice more accessible, faster and simpler
- Ensure public money is spent efficiently, effectively and wisely
Sue, who lives near Pill, says that her experience in the role will enable her to continue to set the strategic direction and accountability for policing in the coming four years and ensure continuity and stability.
She is a strong advocate of accountability and as a politically independent candidate she is more able to take action and be transparent, without fear or favour.
Sue said: "I hope I have proven myself to have been able to be impartial and fair and held the service to account when needed."
Growing communication and collaboration between the police service and community organisations has also been one of Sue's major achievements.
She said: "One of the unique privileges of the role means you get to work with a variety of incredible community and regional organisations that are doing vital work and who need to be heard and responded to within the system.
"They represent and work on behalf of some of the most vulnerable and at-risk members of our society and they need to know there is trust with no hidden agenda.
"I feel I have worked hard to build long-term beneficial relationships with many such organisations and this has seen tangible improvements, particularly by giving a voice to people who are seeking justice, which is something I am particularly proud of."
Highlights of Sue's past four years as PCC:
- 128 new police officers will be recruited this year
- PCSO's numbers will be protected
- In March alone 16 new PCSO's and 15 new police officers have completed their training and hit the ground running
- Body worn videos will be issued to all officers and PCSO's this year, increasing trust and confidence and speedier justice
- More than 25,000 vulnerable victims have been given tailored support and local help from within 24 hours reporting crime or anti social behaviour
- Children suffering from mental illness are no longer held in police cells and
- From 1st June 2016, mentally ill adults who have committed no crime will no longer be held in police cells
- More people have confidence in our local police from 71% to now 79%
- More active support for Neighbourhood Watch and Community Speed Watch
- All achieved despite government cuts of £60million and more savings to find of £17m