Fair, accountable, and responsive policing for all people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
My priorities will be:-
- A Police Force committed to the needs of victims.
- A Police Force that works with, and is trusted by our communities.
- A Police Force that employs proven crime reduction and prevention strategies.
- A Police Force who’s dealings with all members of the public are as positive and professional as they can be.
- A Police Force committed to fairness and equality.
- A Police Force that values and protects its staff, and is as safe and rewarding as it can be to work in.
- An ethical service, in both its dealings with suppliers and contractors, and its commitment to limiting its environmental impact.
Committed to the Needs of Victims.
All our citizens have a right to feel safe, wherever they live. All too often this is not now the case and many of our communities, from inner city estates to the smallest villages, face challenges and problems with crime and anti-social behaviour.
The Police Force is rarely able to solve these problems on its own. It must work with the public, and other agencies to tackle and resolve them. I would be committed to the police forging better partnerships to facilitate safer and more resilient communities.
Working with our Communities.
Our Police Forces have a proud tradition of being an important part of our communities, working closely with people and community leaders.
Ten years of Police cuts and the privatisation of support services has eroded this link and greatly damaged the ability of our Police Force to help people to feel safe.
I am deeply conscious that we need to reverse this. Our Police Force must again become more embedded in our communities, working in partnership with local people. We know that that is the best way to tackle the problems we now face.
Using Proven Crime Reducing Strategies.
I am acutely aware of the impact crime has on people’s lives and I am very focussed on reducing the number of victims of crime.
That is why I am so committed to tackling crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour using proven methods based on real world experience and research. We particularly need new approaches to tackle drug crime and its associated violence. We have been losing the fight against crime for some 60 years and this is exacting a terrible cost on our communities and particularly our young people. We need to learn from other countries who have employed effective multi-agency,\public health type approaches to reduce levels of violence, including knife crime, and the demand for drugs.
It is only by reducing the demand for drugs that we can effectively tackle these problems in the longer term.
A Positive and Professional Police Service.
I believe it is vital that the public view the Police in a positive light, and feel that they are on their side, working for them and their community. And that the Police will respond when people need them to. Particularly, when they have been the victims of crime.
As a part of this I believe that Police officers should be seen to be maintaining the highest professional standards in their dealings with the public.
Committed to Fairness and Equality.
Our Police must be seen to work for all of us, regardless of race, religion, disability, gender, sexuality, or social background.
In particular, we must significantly improve the experience BAME and LBGT+ communities, and of women who have been the victim of a violent or sexual crime, so that they feel effectively supported and so offenders can be held to account.
A Police Force that Values and Protects its Staff.
Under Tory reforms, police salaries and conditions have been eroded, services outsourced, and support staff numbers greatly reduced.
This has undermined moral and we are losing experienced officers a s a result. As PCC it would be a priority to try and reverse this, giving our frontline police the support and backing they need to carry out their work effectively.
An Ethical Police Service.
It is vital that our Police Force must play its part in tackling the climate emergency. A detailed action plan should be developed as to how this can be achieved in the most effective and efficient way following a comprehensive review.