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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.

Patrick Canavan

My aim is to build on the model of community and neighbourhood policing. It’s the model which has worked well over many years and which will also work best in our new digital world.

The principle of being tough on crime alongside being tough on the causes of crime and giving the police the resources they need to do this seems the right one. It is the successful formula for keeping us safe and secure both in person and on-line. There are new criminal threats to us individually, to our families, communities and local businesses.

We continue to face significant challenges. Domestic violence and hate crime is an increasing concern and requires support that is transparent, equitable, accessible and survivor led.

The role of Police & Crime Commissioner needs to have the right focus and understanding to be capable of rising to the challenges facing us. The theme of my campaign is that policing needs to be done with the consent of the population and we know that this consent is effectively gained through co-operation, community partnership and improving confidence.

There is much to be done to improve the criminal justice system with efforts to improve prosecution rates, extending support to the victims of crime, reducing re-offending, offering restorative justice and continuing to protect those at risk.

Whether it is anti-social behaviour, drug trafficking, theft, or vandalism the response is stronger if we support each other. Co-operation, community, and partnership working are things that come naturally to those of us in the Labour and Co-operative Party and will be the key themes that will under-line my new administration as Police & Crime Commissioner for Dorset.


This statement was prepared by Patrick Canavan acting as his own agent, 29 Green Park, Manor Road, Bournemouth BH1 3HR


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