£5K deposit sorted today by Scunthorpe contender to be Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner
Neil Eyre, an ex-soldier from Scunthorpe, feels he has exceeded all expectations by today submitting the deposit of £5,000 allowing him to stand to become Humberside's first Police and Crime Commissioner.
This is due to the generosity of family, friends and neighbours who all want to see a member of the community succeed in running the police service not for the benefit of political parties but for the communities it serves.
Neil is of the opinion that the Humberside police service should not become an instrument of any given political party, and as such is standing on the ticket of Keep Politics Out Of Policing.
He says: "I think that it is grossly unfair on the public that they should be given a choice between a politician whose party has wasted billions of pounds in failed policies, and a politican whose party is cutting public services and police staff numbers to the level they are."
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"I am just a 'normal person', I live in Frodingham in Scunthorpe, I see the effect of government strategy every day as most residents in North Lincolnshire do.
"The candidates from the mainstream political parties do not live in the real world as we do, and it is this reason which has motivated me to stand.
"Politicians of all parties are so distrusted by the public now that I feel that policing is far too sensitive a subject to allow them to get their hands on.
"I promise that I will do everything I can to prevent cuts to frontline police numbers and to ensure that as Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside I am truly apolitical.
"A member of a political party is always, first and foremost, going to represent the views of their party. I want to represent the views of the residents of Humberside."
If elected, Neil plans to consult further with the public on what they want from their police service and to protect frontline services.
He would introduce more community focus groups to give the public a greater say in how policing in their neighbourhood is handled.
He would involve police officers "on the ground" in setting strategy and objectives.
Neil's policies include:
- Not taking any expenses or pension contributions
- Not accepting any reduction in police numbers
- To refuse gifts, favours or "re-election" donations from Lobbyists
- To provide targeted assistance to the victims of crime
- To work and co-operate openly with all levels of VCS
- To provide monthly service reports
- To conduct a review of all outsourcing contracts
- To Cut funding to outreach programs for habitual criminals
- To follow a philosophy of evidence based policing
- To build partnerships with other PCCs
- To use to opinion and expertise of rank and file police officers in policy making
"I urge you not to think like that. Don't fall for this type of establishment spin. If you really do want a PCC with no ties to political parties and no ties to the establishment, then a vote for me is your best option."
The election will be held on November 15.