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.


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Ian Chisnall


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Ian Chisnall

Election statement:

“Preventing crime” is at the heart of my approach to this exciting new role.

I have a successful track record of working with people in all parts of Sussex. These include projects to reduce crime and support people in ways that official initiatives alone cannot achieve.  I have lived in Sussex for 34 years.  I have worked with businesses, charities and individuals throughout Sussex for over 20 years, in both rural and urban settings.  For over a decade I served as Chair of a multi million pound social work charity working with disadvantaged young people.

I was an Independent Adviser to Sussex Police for eight years and understand their strengths and weaknesses.  This post demands strong leadership, a quality I have shown over many years in a number of roles; the Police and Crime Commissioner must also work in partnership with a range of organisations in Sussex, many of which I have current experience of.  I have considerable experience of managing volunteers to resource many organisations in the Criminal Justice System.   As residents and workers, we can all play a valuable role in keeping our workplaces and neighbourhoods safe from crime.  Particularly those crimes which matter most to many of us, such as car theft and anti social behaviour.  This depends on being adequately supported by professionals.  If elected I would focus on some specific themes:

  • addressing the fear of crime
  • providing adequately for victims of crime

I wish to pay particular attention to crimes of:

  • domestic violence
  • hate crimes
  • people trafficking

recognising the suffering these unleash on their victims.

Finally the impact of drugs and alcohol trigger many crimes, so these deserve priority consideration. This statement has been prepared by Ian Chisnall, 85 Hollingbury Rise, BRIGHTON, BN1 7HH.