A few voters have asked if I have a published manifesto.

This page seeks to set out what I hope to achieve if I am elected to serve as PCC.

Many Poilce stations across the regeon have been closed due to cuts in funding including this one at Gosport.
Many Poilce stations across the regeon have been closed due to cuts in funding including this one at Gosport.

My Manifesto Goals

  • Fighting fiercely for more resources for our police.  

On top of the 20% cuts to police services nationally, along with even worse cuts to related services,(like other parts of the criminal justice system, mental health, youth work, and substance misuse impacting significantly on police demand,  the Hampshire and IOW Police Service is the worst funded in the country due to the government’s operation of police funding formula.    The Chief Constable puts this additional deficit at £43.6m a year.  The equivalent of 1600 staff.   No wonder she admits that Hampshire now only guarantees a priority response to crimes of high harm and that residents feel that most crimes are not responded to at all.

  • A better and more focussed ‘what works’ approach to the war on drugs.

We have been losing the war on drugs for 60 years since we moved from a health based to a criminal justice and punishment response to drugs.   We need to learn from other countries who are having far more success at reducing the levels of addiction and drug use  -freeing up resources to tackle the organised crime that is driving the trade and blighting our communities, and ensnaring our young and vulnerable.

  • A better and more effective response to the violence against women and girls.  

Another area in which we are failing. With about 1% of report rapes now reaching a successful prosecution, (and this does not count all those that now go unreported), rape is on the cusp of being decriminalised and we are completely failing a a huge section of our community.  The problem is complex, and quick answers are not apparent, but we must start with listening to women, work with other agencies, and be willing to devote more resources to solving this problem.

  • Better protection of key-workers, particularly retail workers.  

The pandemic has shown how important our shop workers are.   Often women, and more likely to be young or older, and often working in isolation in small shops, they are now on the front line of what is becoming a pandemic of shoplifting, largely driven by addiction and often with little or no response or support from the police.   This should change.

  • A greener police service.  

We are in the middle of a climate emergency.   There can be no organisation that can be exempt from making a real contribution to tackling this.   This must include the Police.   There are details of how I wish to address this here.

  • A response to rural crime.
 I grew up in a small rural village 8 miles from Romsey and am familiar with rural life and its pleasures and challenges.  Country areas have different needs to urban and city areas and require a different police response.   Crime is often more hidden in rural areas.  Some crimes can be very serious and perpetrated by organised crime gangs.   Particularly the theft of high value machinery. and more recently, hare coursing.   That is one reason why I am pleased that Hampshire and the IOW police have dedicated rural response teams and believe that these play an important role.
I also support:
•       Securing fair funding for the policing of all communities including rural ones;
•       Ensuring better use of intelligence;
•       Encouraging people to report all crime including rural crime; and
•       Better allocation of police resources.

I do not think these issues listed above are specific to rural areas and all communities want, and need, a much better response.  This is not surprising.   On top of the 20% cuts to police services nationally, along with even worse cuts to related services,(like other parts of the criminal justice system, mental health, youth work, and substance misuse impacting significantly on police demand,  the Hampshire and IOW Police Service is the worst funded in the country due to the government’s operation of police funding formula.

The Chief Constable puts this additional deficit at £43.6m a year.  The equivalent of 1600 staff.   No wonder she admits that Hampshire now only guarantees a priority response to crimes of high harm and that residents feel that most crimes are not responded to, leading to a significant under reporting of crime from all communities.   Add to that that existing budgets have no uplift for this year, not even for inflation, then more cuts and/or council tax increases have been necessary to balance the books.   Yes, there are new officers coming but not with all the funds they require and this allocation is based not on need but on the formula that already punishes us locally.

My number one priority if elected would be to pursue a fair funding settlement for our police from government.  Until more resources are secured, I am certain all communities will feel that what they get, falls short of what they need and I am absolutely committed to fair allocation. of resources

 

I also believe that this election should be as much about values and priorities as about specific goals.   I am sure funding for Police and the criminal justice system in general will remain challenging.   

It will be important to elect a PCC with the best values and with the knowledge, experience, and skills to work closely and effectively with the Chief Constable to maximise the value of the police response.

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