I come from a Teesside family who have strong connections with the Cleveland Police Force area. I believe that this is not a party political position but one that requires an individual with experience of governing large diverse public sector organisations and the ability to create and work in partnerships. The role of the PCC calls for the Commissioner to be beyond reproach and independent of influence with the highest of public and professional standards. I know that I can fulfil these requirements.
I was elected to represent Hartburn Ward in Stockton in 1999 and became leader of Stockton Council in 2007 until 2011. In that capacity I was on the Board of the Local Enterprise Partnership and Vice Chair of the Association of North East Councils.
My manifesto is to:
- Listen to communities and residents and to make their priorities the force’s priorities.
- Endeavour to reduce crime and anti social behaviour
- Target persistent offenders and organised crime.
- Reinforce good citizenship at an early stage.
- Work with the “Troubled Families” programme in identifying and improving life chances.
- Putting victims first and giving them a voice.
- Work with the Chief Constable to support front line policing.
- Strengthen partnerships and joint working.
- Commission third sector organisations to provide and support effective services.
- Work with the business sector in promoting economic recovery by raising the profile of the region.
I will be committed to working with the Chief Constable and our partners to improve the well being and safety of our residents and the communities in which we all live and work and provide a cost efficient service that values the work of serving officers and staff.
Prepared by Terry Laing. Agent.
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