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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.

James Walsh

Dr. James Walsh – working to cut crime and protect frontline policing in Sussex.

Here are my top priorities for making our streets safer:

  • Safeguard frontline police and community support officers
  • Cut re-offending
  • More focus on preventing crime
  • More use of restorative justice and community service.

Police officers have a tough job and they need more support. But Sussex Police has put up with a whopping £65m in cuts over the last 5 years. Worse still, Sussex Police faces millions more in cuts in the years ahead. That’s the same as about 700 frontline police officers! We need to stop the cuts. That’s why I will fight to get more government money to tackle crime.

The police are too often tied up in red tape. We need to free up the police to spend less time behind computers and more time on the streets.

I’ll also make sure we do more to stop re-offending. Focusing on rehabilitation and restorative justice, so people pay back victims and the local community would cut crime, save police time and taxpayers’ money.

More should be done to stop people becoming criminals in the first place. We need to identify and support at-risk teenagers and young adults before they fall into a life of crime, often to support drug addiction.

I am a retired Sussex GP with more than 40 years of experience as a local councillor. I’m also a former Chairman of Sussex Police Authority.

I’ll use that experience to ensure that we are tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.

With your support I’ll make sure we have an effective, well-funded police force that will help keep you and your family safe.

This election address was prepared by D. Purchese (election agent), c/o 30 Middle Mead, Littlehampton, West Sussex, BN17 6QH.

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