British policing is based on public consent, acting without fear or favour. Policing leadership should be the same.
Here are five reasons why I’m standing in this, my first election:
*Putting victims first
*Local policing must be free of party politics
*Protected communities and neighbourhoods
*Ensure efficiency and stability in the Force
*Target policing at crime hotspots – preventing crime, protecting the public
and catching criminals
I promise open and transparent leadership, which you and everyone in the West Midlands can be involved in. I’m not governed or controlled by local or national politicians. I’ve no political agenda. I led the West Midlands Police board as an independent for three years, and understand our real local issues. The West Midlands is my priority, not Westminster.
The public, community organisations and businesses, should all have their say on policing. We expect a lot of the police, and they put themselves in harm’s way for us. Nevertheless the Chief Constable must be held to account. Your views and experiences must be at the heart of decision-making. I’ll challenge the police when necessary, as I have in the past, representing the public, so you come first.
Ours is a varied region, from inner-city boroughs to rural villages. Policing must be right for where you live, across the West Midlands. I’ll target crime hotspots, particularly organised crime, so local policing can work. When people know there’s a grip on crime, they’ll come forward and stand up for their neighbourhood.
Policing in the West Midlands will improve if it’s focused on your neighbourhood’s needs. The alternative is policing skewed by party politics. Keep local policing free of party politics by voting for me, the independent and experienced candidate who puts you and the West Midlands first.
Prepared by Derek Webley, 88 Soho Road, Birmingham B21 9DP.