I have been abused, spat at, punched, kicked, attacked with knives, swords, hammers, pickaxes, petrol bombs, threatened by people with guns and had the lives of my family endangered.
I have attended scenes of accidents and murders and held the hand of the dying knowing that all I can do is be there.
I have attended the homes of relatives and sat with them whilst they grieve and cry.
Then I continued my shift talking to and dealing with the public because it’s just another day. I went home to my family who knew nothing of what I saw, it is not their burden to carry.
I did all of this and more because I was a Police Officer for 32 years and because it was my duty to serve.
The Police Service has lost its way in recent years and no longer appears to Police with the consent or agreement of the public. Instead it answers to political masters.
The public are disillusioned with recent political events in Merseyside, and this can only be addressed with serious reform of the local political and policing landscape.
Victims of crime are the most important people in the criminal justice system and most often let down by it. I will work closely with Merseyside victim charities and commit to donating a minimum £1,000 per month of my salary to help them deliver their services.
A vote for me as your Police and Crime Commissioner will mean a Police service where the needs of the people of Merseyside will be put first, more Police Officers will return to patrolling the streets, making them safer for your families. Everyone will receive a fair and equitable service.
Statement prepared by Sharon Webster, 20, Pimbo Road, St Helens, WA11 8RD
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