Policing is a complex business and Surrey Constabulary is a large organisation. To be successful a Police & Crime Commissioner will need to have a wide experience of life, which I believe I have.
I served 13 years in the army achieving SNCO status with The Royal Horse Guards. I then served 18 years as a constable in various roles, with The Surrey Constabulary. These, I believe, have given me a good working knowledge of policing and an excellent education in life.
I do not agree with the politicisation of the police in any way, and will make every effort to ensure this does not happen. I believe that the concerns and safety of the residents and their property are of paramount importance and would be best protected by an independent body, (totally in line with UKIP policy). In order to do this I will work hard on behalf of the residents. It is difficult to prioritise my aims however amongst them will be:
To create a good working relationship with both The Chief Constable and Surrey Federation Joint Branch Board,
To create a good working relationship with Surrey Victim of Crime Organisations. This is in order to ensure that the concerns of victims of crime are made more important than the offenders.
Increase the number of “Bobbies” on the beat. In my experience this is the best way of obtaining intelligence regarding offenders and also preventing many crimes.
Fight to prevent any integration with other police forces: but have greater co-operation between all forces.
Fight for more government funding and make better use of that funding through the police budget.
Stand up for the decent, law-abiding residents of Surrey.
This statement has been prepared by Robert Shatwell, candidate and agent of 11, Lime Grove, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9PW.