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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Labour Party Candidate

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Jane Patricia Basham

Election statement:


The election on 15th November is important. Police and Crime Commissioners will say how the police service is structured and how the money is spent.Suffolk needs a Commissioner with the experience and insight to do the job. I have senior management experience with Suffolk Police. I led a civil rights charity and worked with vulnerable victims of crime as well as with offenders and ex-offenders. I have experience of working with others, of holding services to account and of business and commissioning.

 I will:

  • Stand up for the people of Suffolk against the 20% cuts
  • Keep the police a public service – no more privatisation
  • Put victims at the heart of policing and criminal justice
  • Prioritise action on: violence against women and girls; domestic violence; hate crime; unfair stop and search; road safety and crimes against those vulnerable in society – children, young & older people and those with disabilities.
  • Ensure victims of anti-social behaviour receive a swift response within 24 hours & that sanctions are appropriate
  • Develop the role of volunteers in community safety from Special Constables to Neighbourhood Watch
  • Be accessible across the county from the largest town to the smallest rural hamlet
  • Be accountable – helping all communities develop an effective voice
  • Build dynamic partnerships and use victim centred restorative justice opportunities to divert offenders away from crime to make Suffolk safer.

Prepared by John Cook (Election Agent), 33 Silent Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TF.