Sue Mountstevens throws hat into ring to become police commissioner
The latest candidate in the race to become Avon and Somerset's police and crime commissioner has been named as the former director of a Bristol bakery chain.
Sue Mountstevens is the first independent candidate to throw her hat into the ring - alongside Pete Levy (Liberal Democrats), John Savage (Labour) and Ken Maddock (Conservatives).
She has made a pledge to “keep politics out of policing.”
Police and crime commissioners will be elected in 41 areas across England and Wales on 15 November.
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For many years Ms Mountstevens was a director of the well-known local family business, Mountstevens Bakeries, which opened its first shop in Bristol in 1911 and had over 90 outlets across the South West, employing around 1,300 people.
A magistrate in Bristol for the past 15 years, serving on adult, youth and family cases, she has also been an independent member on the Avon and Somerset Police Authority and vice-chair of the Independent Monitoring Board at Bristol Prison.
“The role of the Commissioner will be to deliver an effective police force, supporting Avon and Somerset Constabulary but at the same time holding the force to account and acting as the voice of the 1.6 million people who live in the area, as well as working in partnership with a range of agencies at a local and national level,” she said.
“As the only candidate to be standing for election from outside the main parties, I passionately believe that politics should be kept out of policing and I will protect both residents and police from political interference.
“I am local to Avon and Somerset – I was born here, educated here and work here, and I care about local people. I know how to run a large and complex business and I thoroughly understand the criminal justice system.”
Sue says her priorities, if elected to serve a four-year term, will be dealing with anti-social behaviour, violence against women and girls, and burglary, as well as focusing on the victims of crime.
“These are the problems which people tell me are their major concerns. The link between them is the home - how safe people feel in their home and in their communities. If people are not safe in their home, or do not feel safe, they cannot live a normal life.
“I will put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. I believe we need a radical transformation of the way the victims of crime are treated. I will ensure that their voice is heard and that action is taken.”