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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Steve Morphew

Election statement:

Peace of mind means feeling safe in your home and on your street. It is about policing, but also knowing how you can pay your bills, what happens when you hit hard times or fall ill. Norfolk is a relatively safe place – though that’s no consolation if you are a victim of crime. Keeping crime levels low, reducing fear of crime and creating communities where we can all live with peace of mind is my priority.

Whether you’re rich or poor, live in rural, urban or coastal areas, we’re all entitled to peace of mind. Different communities need tailored responses to their needs but the results should be the same. As Police Commissioner I would be as visible as we want our police to be – I’ll come to you to find out your views.

Since 2010 Norfolk has lost 115 police officers and 21 PCSO’s – in the future even more are planned. The financial position is tough and efficiencies must be found – but we must fight to protect policing. Council tax may have to rise. I promise to cap it at no more than 10p per week annual increase (Band C). I will fight government cuts that affect police effectiveness. I will not countenance police services being provided by people whose first duty is to private shareholders rather than the public they serve.

I am experienced in leading large public sector organisations, respecting the independence of professionals and holding senior officials to account. I have worked successfully in partnership with many organisations of differing political opinions and none. My overriding priority is, and must always be, your peace of mind.

For my full manifesto please go to www.stevemorphew.co.uk

Prepared by Alan Pawsey, Agent, Norfolk Labour Party, St Mark’s Church Hall, Hall Road, Norwich, NR1 3HL