I’m Brian Blake. As a former police officer in the Devon and Cornwall Police I think I’m ideally suited to be the region’s next PCC. During a career of more than 30 years, I worked in nine stations across the two counties, starting in uniform before moving on to CID, Special Branch and the Regional and National Crime Squads.
I retired with the rank of Detective Chief Inspector and then worked with the MoD and NATO, mainly in Europe, in security related roles. My expertise was such that I was invited to address the Chief Constables Conference on international crime issues. I spoke on the same subject at Interpol conferences in Lyon and Madrid. I bring this experience of national and international policing to my candidacy for Devon and Cornwall’s next PCC.
The PCC is required to work with the Chief Constable to produce an annual Police and Crime Plan. If elected, my Plan will be underpinned by Sir Robert Peel’s definition of policing: “the prevention and detection of crime.” The issues may have evolved but policing still has the same fundamental objectives.
I’ve seen at first hand the damage that crime does to individuals, families and communities, and I shall argue strongly in favour of:
I will also work closely with victim support services and charities, including rape crisis centres, domestic violence support organisations, and military veterans organisations.
As your successful candidate, I will have to swear an oath of impartiality. As a former copper, I take such oaths very seriously.
Prepared by election agent Mark Lawrence, 11 Poundwell Street, Modbury, PL21 0QJ
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