It’s time to bring experience and dynamism to deliver better for Kent.
As your Labour Police and Crime Commissioner, I will use my experience as a councillor and former Police officer to work with residents and councils to deliver for Kent. I promise I will always put Kent ﬁrst.
The Tories have cut 500 front line Police officers and cut PCSOs from our communities since 2010. They have presided over an aggressive and unworkable attitude towards the Police; with the Home Secretary seeking conflict as opposed to partnership. It’s clear from the low election turnout that everyone needs to better understand the role of their Police and Crime Commissioner.
I will be an active and visible Labour Commissioner, with regular meaningful public engagement programmes, more power for the Police and Crime Panel and the establishment of a Young People’s Police Forum using existing Youth Parliament structures.
I will also give a greater voice to local magistrates who’s direct experience and knowledge of the justice system is invaluable and often not properly recognised.
We need a dynamic and hands-on Commissioner with a sensible and professional public profile, holding the force to account on behalf of people and explaining the work he does with regular communications to the public using both face to face meetings and digital communication to be as accessible as possible.
I commit to holding surgeries alongside Councillors and be an active and visible presence across Kent. But I also want to be a strong voice speaking up for our area in Kent in Westminster and in the South of England, representing the aspiration of many of our residents to make Kent a more tolerant and safer place to live, work and play.
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