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Virtually a lifelong Sussex resident and successful business owner for 18 years, including national board experience in governance, I will champion Sussex with an independent mind, free from party politics. I will ensure a preventative policing strategy through visible face-to-face quality policing, putting back into our communities well-led, pro-active Bobbies, fitted with body cameras, on the beat in each community – not only giving real value for our taxes, but improving public relationships, trust, local knowledge and intelligence, safety from terrorism and not over-reliant on call-centres. That’s not just visible policing on the cheap with limited powers, less trained PCSO’s or community wardens, but fully trained police constables, as their real salary levels are actually similar to what you pay for PCSO’s. I will aim to ensure accountability from first response officers, along with internal efficiency and bureaucracy-busting strategies, will put the victim first in getting real justice and cost savings. I will cut the PCC’s budget and modernise police leadership, putting money back into front-line policing and victim support. My PCC team will include experts from policing, representatives of the Federation, Superintendents’ Association and Inspectors’ Board to assist me with innovative ideas, communication and morale. Bringing in fresh ideas successfully used abroad, I will help build our police service with innovative funding plans, offset any financial shortfalls and create additional revenue streams. The consultative groups that are in place will continue and I have signed up to the Committee on Standards in Public Life, values I already demonstrate, ensuring an ethical approach. My strategy will reduce the fear of crime and response times, while giving regular open and transparent reports on my progress over my four years.
Statement prepared by my election agent, Michael Glennon, 29 Offington Gardens, Worthing BN14 9AU.