Labour Party Candidate
Devon & Cornwall
I am standing as the Labour Candidate on a platform of five clear pledges:
1. Opposing the Tory Police Cuts.
Labour opposed Police Commissioners because we think money must be spent on frontline services. Devon and Cornwall Police has cut nearly 350 officers in the last two years. By 2015 one fifth of our frontline officers will have been cut. When deciding how budgets are spent, I will be your voice in opposing the Government’s cuts.
2. Keeping Police on the beat.
Meeting people on the doorstep, and talking with serving Officers, I hear how worried they are about creeping privatisation of our Police. Companies like G4S are interested in profit, not public service; I want a visible Police presence on our streets to prevent crime and provide a fast response.
3. Focussing on Antisocial Behaviour.
Antisocial behaviour blights lives, and no-one should feel their concerns are being ignored. In non-emergency cases, I will ensure that all victims get a response inside 24 hours. Tackling antisocial behaviour early, working with victim support organisations and PCSOs, reduces more serious crime and the fear of crime itself.
4. Working in Partnership.
Policing is not just about the Police, it is about all of us working together to prevent crime in our own communities. I will support local councils, communities and voluntary organisations as they are often the people best placed to provide solutions in their own areas. I will ensure that Devon and Cornwall Constabulary is a listening organisation.
5. Protecting the Police from political interference.
I will guarantee the independence of the Chief Constable in all operational decisions. My role is being your voice in setting priorities for policing and holding the Chief Constable to account.
Prepared by Patrick Canavan, 92 Broadley Drive,Torquay, Devon TQ2 6UT election agent for Nicky Williams.