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The Liberal Democrat Conference Bournemouth 2009. Pic Shows : Tim Starkey
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Labour Party Candidate

Force area:
Thames Valley

Tim Starkey

Election statement:

 Every day for the last 11 years Tim has worked with people in the frontline of the criminal justice system: both as a prosecutor and a defence lawyer; in police stations, courts and prisons. He has worked closely with specialist police in bringing perpetrators of human trafficking to justice. He understands the system, and its failings, and wants to make it work better. Tim’s top priorities include:

  • Fighting the 20% cuts that put at risk the police ability to respond to 999 calls and keep us safe. Thames Valley has lost nearly 100 officers in 2 years – enough is enough!
  • Creating a more efficient service: moving from paper files to digital systems, reducing management layers and improving co-ordination; so victims of domestic or sexual violence aren’t passed between several different agencies before getting the help they need.
  • Saying “no” to privatisation of key police functions – outsourcing street patrols to firms like G4S is not the answer!
  • Improving communication: with a website which victims can log into securely to track the progress of their cases at a time convenient to them.
  • Investing in Individual Domestic Violence Advisors to support people fleeing domestic abuse and, in turn, give victims the courage to support prosecutions.
  • Working in partnership with Thames Valley’s flourishing IT industry to combat internet fraud and keep our children safe online and free from cyber bullying.
  • Working with mentoring charities and other voluntary groups to provide young people with positive alternatives to anti-social behaviour and gangs.
  • Protecting the operational independence of the police. Decisions over police numbers and priorities will be for the PCC; decisions over who is investigated and arrested must always be for police officers.

Prepared by James Swindlehurst (Agent), 52 Chalvey High Street, Slough SL1 2SQ.

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