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Lt Gen Andrew Graham – Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Dorset
I have spent my working life dedicated to ensuring the security of our country. I believe that public safety and the rule of law are the bedrock foundations for positive, open and successful societies and communities. I see the appointment of PCC as an opportunity to put something back and help Dorset, where I live, face existing and developing criminal and other challenges to public safety.
I have worked closely with the Police, in particular for two years supporting the ACC South Region in Northern Ireland after the Good Friday Agreement. I admire what they do.
Having been burgled I understand the sense of intrusion, hurt and insecurity crime leaves behind. Crime blights lives. I also recognise that the Police cannot do everything on their own and the public has a part to play. A drumbeat theme of my tenure as PCC would be ‘Policing at the heart of our communities’ – not ‘Them’ and ‘Us’ but ‘WE’.
Dorset spends more than £120 million of taxpayers’ money each year on policing. I have held sizable public budgets (£100m – £1.2bn), delivered significant results and identified smart ways of shifting the costs of support and office functions towards the sharp end.
Since leaving the Army I have broadened my business experience by working in industry, leading a youth development charity and volunteering with a national mental health charity.
I have the proven and tested experience, leadership, vision, commitment and management skills to work with the Chief Constable and the people of Dorset to make and keep our county a safer place to live and to work and to visit.
This statement has been prepared by Andrew Graham’s Agent, Judy Jamieson, 18a Bargates, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1QL