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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.

Mark Weston


As a Councillor from a ward with historic crime problems I know how effective it is when Police get out of their patrol cars and engage with the community.

Since 2009, thanks to this approach, anti-social behaviour is down nearly 75%. Visible, community based policing helps prevent crime, cuts reoffending and reassures the public.

As my grandmother would say – ‘Prevention is better than cure’.

Over the last three years police numbers have fallen, Police Stations have closed, yet the PR team has grown by a quarter and the office of the PCC now costs £100k more than the previous Police Authority.

The current priorities are wrong. We must protect the front line, not inflate the back office.

With your support I vow to put the community first.

My priorities are:

  • Putting the community at the heart of Policing

I believe in Community policing with a strong, visible presence on our streets.

  • Devolve and empower local policing 

The Force area is too large to adopt a ‘one size fits all approach’.

  • Reducing Re-offending

I will work with the Crown Prosecution Service and Courts to speed up justice to get criminals off our streets and before the courts.

  • Greater support for victims of crime

Make better use of new victim support methods, such as restorative justice, to provide a victim-led system of support.

  • Reducing Rural Crime is a priority 

I will prioritise combatting rural crime. We must tackle the perception that this is an afterthought.

  • Tackling anti-social behaviour and drug crime 

We need to ensure that local residents and the Police are working together to tackle these problems robustly.

This statement has been prepared by my election agent, M Brewer, Rear of 16 High Street, Keynsham

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