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PCC celebrates it's first anniversary

PCC celebrates 1st anniversary Photo: ITV News West Country

It's the first anniversary of the new Police and Crime Commissioners and last night we reported on how they're changing the face of law and order across our region. But what's it like to actually be in one of the posts?

Sue Mountsevens is the PCC for Avon and Somerset. She's hoping to attract more volunteers to the police service and give them better technology to do their jobs, despite falling budgets and fewer officers.

Sue Mountsevens is the PCC for Avon and Somerset Credit: ITV News West Country

She's the person elected to keep the police in line but for all the responsibility that carries, Sue Mountstevens is just as happy keeping a low profile. She says she worries little about high office, more about ensuring the voice of those in the street is heard.

It's listening to survivors and making sure that the priorities that people really wanted the police to concentrate on now have become the police priorities.

– Sue Mountstevens
Sue Mountstevens talks to parents at a cafe in Bath Credit: ITV News West Country

In the first year she stepped in to help pay the wages of PCSOs when Bristol Mayor George Ferguson announced proposals to sack up to 30 jobs. And she had to go to the High Court when former Chief Constable Colin Port challenged her decision not to extend his contract.

The PCC insists those concerns are behind her and her big focus now is to finding a £15 million saving over the next two years having already overseen a £35m saving.

Watch the full report with Richard Payne.