The Labour Party Candidate
James Andrew Plaskitt
I want to thank all those involved in fighting crime in Warwickshire for the great work they do, and for helping me develop my plan for cutting crime.
I will recruit more police officers. We are losing police officers in Warwickshire at a faster rate than any other force. Neighbourhood Teams and front-line numbers are down. More officers will help improve response, visibility and detection. We need to be cutting crime, not police numbers.
I will campaign for fair funding. We get lower funding per head than most other police forces in the country. And yet we are forced to subsidise better funded forces. I will campaign for fair funding for Warwickshire police.
I will strengthen the justice system. With a zero-tolerance stance on anti-social behaviour, a tougher approach to repeat offenders, and stronger support for tackling drug and alcohol abuse, we can cut crime.
I will support the victims of crime. My ‘Victims First’ policy will introduce a ‘track-my-crime’ service to keep victims informed. I will give victims a stronger voice and more support.
I will not privatise policing. The government thinks the gaps in our police service, caused by 20% cuts, can be filled by private companies. But we saw at the Olympics what can happen. I will not privatise core police functions. Policing is for public protection, not for profit.
I will not politicise policing. Politics must never interfere with operational policing. My duty is to support our professional police and get them the resources they need to do the job.
I will spend my time evenly between all the districts of Warwickshire, putting your local priorities for cutting crime first.
Full details of my programme, ‘Protecting Warwickshire’ are at www.jamesforwarwickshire.co.uk
Prepared and promoted by, Jacqueline Abbott 2 Fant Hill Barn Warwickshire OX15 5AY