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Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Heather Shearer

As your Police & Crime Commissioner, my priorities will be:

  • Set Neighbourhood police priorities locally not centrally, with the involvement of the community and its leaders
  • Increase prosecution and conviction rates for serious violence and sexual offences and improve the treatment of victims
  • Policing with integrity, consent and without discrimination
  • Strengthen trust in the police by increasing openness and transparency

Instead of simply focusing on arrests and enforcement, I will focus on preventing and reducing crime in the first place. We can cut crime more effectively by doing what consistent research evidence shows works best. I will therefore put more resources into:

  • preventing first-time offenders from going on to reoffend
  • helping recently-released prisoners who want to go straight and stay out of trouble
  • focusing attention on offenders who don’t want to give up their life of crime

I would ensure that these aims are prioritised and that public money, our money, is well spent.

I am not a career politician. I have worked in a range of different jobs so can see the world from many viewpoints. As a member of the Police and Crime Panel I have experience of supporting and scrutinising the Police & Crime Commissioner and I am an elected district councillor.

Being Police & Crime Commissioner is a more than full-time job. If elected as your Commissioner I will undertake no other employment.

Prepared by Halliday James MacFie, Election Agent, 43 Manor Road, Keynsham, BS31 1RB

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