If elected, I would bring to the role extensive experience of police oversight and governance developed over nine years as a Member of Surrey Police Authority, the last four as its Chairman. During this time, we have seen dramatic improvements in performance that have led to Surrey Police achieving some of the highest confidence levels nationally, notwithstanding severe financial challenges. Particularly noteworthy is the addition of 200 police officers since 2010 – the only Force nationally to introduce such an increase.
Additionally, I have the benefit of 17 years as a Magistrate, plus extensive business experience, including 10 years as a Chief Executive with responsibility for multi-million pound budgets. Demonstrably I have the knowledge, skills and commitment to fulfil the wider remit of the PCC under the new structure, including holding the Chief Constable to account.
Following consultation with our residents, and working with statutory partners and the Criminal Justice System, I will prepare and implement a Policing Plan to:
- Keep the constable at the heart of policing
- Address all aspects of anti-social behaviour
- Reduce crime and relentlessly pursue criminals
- Progress collaboration with neighbouring forces
- Encourage innovation and ensure value for money
- Give equally fair service to every resident, particularly victims of crime
- Use my financial expertise to address Government cuts
- Keep Surrey at the top of policing
There is a real danger that a party political activist could control Surrey Police. The election of an Independent Commissioner, completely free of party allegiances and influences, would avoid this. I would feel beholden not to any political party but only to the residents of Surrey.
We must preserve the impartiality of our Police Service and keep party politics out of policing!
(Prepared by T. Williams, Agent of 7 Clumps Road, Farnham GU10 3HF)