Liberal Democrats believe that preventing crime and ensuring people feel safe are crucial to achieving social justice. Conservative police cuts have left communities with a lack of officers. Although police staffing numbers have increased in the last year, they are still well below the number employed in 2007. Police forces are being expected to do more with less, leaving Police and Crime Commissioners to fund their forces through council tax rises.
If elected. I will make community policing, with more bobbies on the beat, my top priority. Lack of public access to the police is a constant theme on the doorstep. I will hold regular open surgeries throughout the area and make sure there are effective communications through the local press and online. I will promote the use of new technology, not only in internal police processes but also to make communication with the public speedier and more effective. I will set police objectives to meet the needs of local people.
I will ensure that the police work in partnership with public services and the voluntary sector to prevent crime and reduce re-offending. Road safety and environmental crimes such as fly tipping in particular require close co-operation between local councils and the police.
By prioritising community policing, ensuring that the police have the right resources and are focused on tackling crime, I will make our communities safer.