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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.

David Munro

It’s been a privilege to serve as your current PCC and I hope you can support me for a second term as an Independent, keeping Surrey Police out of party politics. As a long-standing Surrey resident, settling near Farnham after the Army, I was for 20 years an elected local councillor with senior roles at Surrey County Council.

Surrey Police have done well to weather savage government cuts that are only just starting to be reversed. Crime is generally steady or reducing, and Surrey is one of the safest counties in the UK. 88% of residents surveyed have confidence in the force and it received an ‘Outstanding’ grading for crime prevention and tackling anti-social behaviour.

The main credit for these achievements is due to police officers and staff themselves – we owe them a debt of gratitude. But I have personally contributed too, by giving consistent leadership, holding the Chief Constable to account, allocating the force the funding to recruit many more officers and frontline staff, consulting widely with residents and insisting on stringent efficiency savings. And I have significantly increased money for supporting victims and those who need help.

But there is still more to do. My three over-riding priorities will be:

• Recruit more officers and operational staff: they are desperately needed to tackle crime.
• Focus on crime prevention. More police visible in our rural and urban communities gives reassurance, gains intelligence and deters criminal activity, including drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.
• Raise the crime-solving rate: Surrey Police must do better. Crimes against women, including serious sexual assaults, need to be dealt with more effectively.
Surrey Police is an excellent force and serves residents well. I hope I can look for your support to make it even better.
Prepared by David Munro of Grange Cottage Frensham Road Frensham Surrey GU10 3DS

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