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Labour Party Candidate

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Barry Coppinger

Election statement:

In recent months I have met thousands of people across Cleveland – on their doorsteps, on their streets, at a whole range of community groups and meetings – and have listened to the concerns about the affect crime and anti-social behaviour has on people’s day-to-day life.

People want the police to be part of their community; a reliable, visible and approachable uniformed presence.  My top priority will be protecting Neighbourhood Policing.   If elected as Commissioner there will be no reduction in the number of Neighbourhood Police teams in Cleveland.

Victims and witnesses deserve a better deal from the criminal justice system and I will work to ensure that their needs are always a priority.  The public also has a right to expect a prompt service when reporting a crime and reports of anti-social behaviour need a response within 24 hours.

I have a proven track record of working for community safety.  I was proud to be part of the team that introduced Neighbourhood Policing and successfully fought off plans to merge Cleveland into a regional force.

Our police force faces severe financial challenges.  I have already discussed these in depth with the force management and, with my accountancy background, I will work to ensure savings can be made through prudent financial control rather than cuts in front-line services or excessive burdens on Council Tax payers.

I am proud to be the Labour Party candidate but pledge that, if elected, I will represent the best interests of all residents and respect the operational independence of the Chief Constable.

For further information or if you have any questions please visit my website – www.coppinger4pcc.co.uk

Please, use your vote on November 15th,

Barry Coppinger.

Prepared by Richard Williams, Election Agent, 3 Limes Road, Cleveland, TS5 6RQ