The Police are vital to our society and communities. From major towns to the smallest village, we rely upon them to protect us from harm but for them to do this, we as a county need to protect them. We all need to see beyond the uniforms and get to know the individual behind them. Officers need to be recognisable and active members of the communities they serve. Knowing your local Police Officer on-sight or even by name, something that was often quite normal thirty or forty years ago, is now missing and this can give a disjointed and faceless impression of them.
Drug flow via county lines operations must continue to be vigorously investigated and the lines broken. We must support the most vulnerable in our communities who may find themselves targeted by these criminals. Helping the addicts will reduce the demand for these operations and helping those who may find themselves trapped within them will further weaken these criminal activities.
Over the last year, the rise in environmental crimes such as fly-tipping has seen the county spoiled. The formation of a countywide task force to tackle this and other such crimes would deliver a clear message to those who think little of our natural environment and the financial burden upon local councils tasked to deal with such issues.
Our young people have been largely neglected by us as a county for many years. Issues with petty crime, gang related activities and antisocial behaviour have risen due to the lack of support and facilities for them. We must all ensure that young people are given every opportunity to lead productive lives and support those that fall between the cracks.
[ This statement has been prepared by Nick Hardingham, Carr Cottage , Creeting St Mary, Suffolk, IP68LY, Election Agent ]
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