I am not a politician. I was a 30-year career police officer until I retired. I believe in what I am doing – I have given up my job, and I am funding the £5000 election deposit myself. I will not make promises I do not know I can keep, but I do promise to be honest with you. At this stage I do not know how much funding for community support groups will be available.
I do not want to increase the police precept unless I absolutely have to.
My priority will be to reduce the effects of Government cuts in Police funding by reducing inefficiency. Although Sussex Police are well on the way to meeting the target they have been set, I will work to ensure that the available money is spent in the most effective manner.
I believe that it is more effective to reduce the number of criminals than it is to investigate, detect, prosecute and imprison offenders who have already committed crime.
Targeting known, active criminals is one way of quickly reducing the number of crimes committed by taking criminals off the streets.
Increasing the number and strength of Neighbourhood Policing Teams is another. These officers work closely with the residents of a small area and integrate with them. This is a return to old style policing.
I shall invite community groups to make a one-page request for funding, summarising how much funding they need, what they will spend it on and evidence that their project will be effective.
I shall also endeavour to ensure that Victim Support funding is not reduced.
Please read more details on www.pccsussex.co.uk.
For the victim, not the criminal.
Address prepared by my election agent, Chris French of 14 Firtoft Close, Burgess Hill, RH15 8EE.
Mobile: 07508 903452