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My name is James Doyle, I’m a district councillor for the Green Party in Worthing, and previously served as a West Sussex County Councillor. I live in Worthing, and my wife recently retired after thirty years’ service as a Sussex Police officer. I have also been a member of the Sussex Probation Board.
Like other public services, the police have suffered six years of cuts and creeping privatisation. When services are sold off to private companies, profit is prioritised over people. I will fight to protect police resources and use them efficiently to keep us safe in our homes and on our streets.
I support more emphasis on crime prevention and reducing re-offending. For example, restorative justice helps offenders face the consequences of their actions and gives victims a better sense of justice.
Above all, we should have a police service, not a police force: working for local communities. Homelessness and drug use are major problems in Sussex, and I will address them with an honest, evidence-based approach. The ‘war on drugs’ has comprehensively failed, and drugs need to be seen as a health issue, not a criminal one. Criminalising our most vulnerable people is not only inhumane, it simply doesn’t work.
The police also must do more to tackle hate crime in Sussex – racism, domestic abuse and LGBT abuse are not prioritised.
A Green vote on the 5th May is a vote for open, transparent policing that does not ignore those in need. I’ll work tirelessly to protect the rights, freedoms and safety of everyone in the community.
Prepared by my election agent: Steve Harris, Brighton & Hove Green Party, 39-41 Surrey Street, Brighton BN1 3PB.
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Telephone: 01273 766 670