Devon & Cornwall
The relationship between the Police, Criminal Justice System (CJS) and politics is close, complex and highly controversial. We must ensure that party politics are not the dominant part of the equation. Our police service should not be permitted to become aligned with the priorities of a political party. The principal aim should be to bring the voice of the people into policing and the justice system. As Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) I will lead and bring together concerned community groups to identify the causes and effects of crime in our community.
Here in the West Country we are all feeling the pinch of job losses and price increases. Equally, effective policing is constrained by the realities of officer reductions and a fixed budget. Any prospective PCC would be foolish not to recognise this and work within these restrictions.
We are in a period of austerity, and by maintaining the operational independence of the Chief Constable, the police service and CJS, I will ensure that the influence on their performance is community not party politics based. However, I believe that a police service must connect and be identifiable at a local level. Serious consideration should be given to establishing two separate, operationally independent, police services for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly and Devon.
As an Independent PCC, I will ask probing and testing questions of the police and the CJS and in doing so hold those responsible to account. Through a balance of transparency and scrutiny I will achieve an improved police service and a more effective justice system.
“The future of our police service and justice system should not be decided on the crack of a partisan whip or the colour of a party rosette!”
Statement prepared by Tam Macpherson of 65 Union St, Plymouth, PL1 3LU.