I am Donna Cushing and I have been a resident in the Gwent area all my life.
Currently, I am a County Borough Councillor on Caerphilly County Borough Council for Plaid Cymru and a Candidate for the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner.
One of my first priorities as Commissioner would be to review the Continued Professional Development Training that is given to Police Officers and highlight any gaps there may be.
I’m especially interested in Disability Training, whether it be Physical, Sensory or Mental Health, and that would include Dementia and individuals with Learning Disabilities. These can be hidden disabilities and I would like to ensure that front line staff have the understanding to recognise them and provide the necessary approach to dealing with individuals who have these disabilities.
I have had experience in all these areas either professionally or personally. I worked for a disability organisation and I understand the needs of those who form this part of society.
In my own community I volunteered as a youth worker running a project on Friday Evenings aiming to reduce antisocial behaviour by young people. The project was set up with the help of the police. I have also worked part time with the Council Youth Services. I have come to recognise that not all young people are the same and my eyes were truly opened to realise why some behave the way they do.
I would like to see Police front line staff participate in youth settings without the formality of their profession so that they can see the possibilities of Young People and look beyond their misbehaviour.
I believe in listening to my constituents. It is time for change.
I can be contacted through my Election Agent at 7 Danygraig, Abertridwr, Caerffili CF83 4BJ. Tel: 029 2083 1972
This statement has been prepared by John Taylor, 7 Danygraig, Abertridwr, Caerffili CF83 4BJ
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