Statements from candidates wanting to become the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside
Next Thursday (November 15) people in North Lincolnshire will go to the polls to elect Humberside's first Police and Crime Commissioner.
The role will see Humberside Police Authority abolished and the winning candidate will take on its powers.
Over the last few weeks the contenders have outlined their policies.
Here are the statements, in full, supplied by the candidates to the Scunthorpe Telegraph.
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I am standing as an Independent because I believe that my training and experience best qualify me for the post.
It is vital that your Police and Crime Commissoner should be independent of any political party and independent of the police, if he or she is to represent your interests effectively, without any hint of bias.
I studied law and politics at Hull University and then Criminology at Cambridge where I completed a research project on police management by objectives.
I am a solicitor currently practicing with a leading firm in Hull and for many years specialised in both prosecuting and defending in the courts.
I believe that every person in the Humberside Police Area needs and deserves better protection from criminal behaviour, and despite present financial constraints, we must all work together to make that happen
I served as acting chairman of a police authority.
While I was an MP, I acted as an unpaid adviser to Michael Howard Q.C. and served on the Home Affairs Select Committee. I successfully campaigned for better pay and conditions for the police and for the introduction of CCTV to reduce town centre crime. I campaigned in Parliament for fully compatible IT systems to be introduced in every police force (which if implemented would have avoided the Soham murders) and tabled a private member’s bill to give improved help to victims of burglaries to defend themselves – still a topical issue today.
I believe that every person in the Humberside Police Area needs and deserves better protection from criminal behaviour, and despite present financial constraints, we must all work together to make that happen.
I ask for your support on November 15. In return, I make the following pledges:
If elected, I will:
1 Give full support to our police, local government, the probation service, charities and all other agencies involved in the fight to reduce crime and improve detection and conviction rates
2. Help the victims of crime
3. Help divert criminals from a life of crime
4. Strive to achieve improved value for money and efficiency
5. Build better relations between police and public, so that we can all work together to reduce crime and make us all safer.
Having represented this region for over 40 years and worked with several Humberside Police Chief Constables, I can tell you one thing. Being Police and Crime Commissioner is no job for a novice.
As someone who understands running big Government departments, I know it’s about building a consensus and developing policies that work, not securing cheap headlines with ideas that can’t be delivered.
I’m proud to be part of a Government that between 2003 and 2010 helped reduce recorded crime in the Humberside Police force by almost 43 per cent and in North East Lincolnshire cut undetected crime in the same period by almost 60 per cent.
We did it by introducing community policing, more bobbies on the beat, CCTV cameras and anti-social behaviour orders.
A Government that worked WITH the police not AGAINST them.
I’ve travelled the region talking to people about what they want from policing, not what politicians think they want
Our police are respected throughout the world for their sense of duty and dedication to their jobs. But they tell me that they’re totally opposed to the police being privatised, as are the public. So I will fight tooth and nail to ensure that front-line policing remains a public service.
I’m also working with my police advisor, former Humberside Police Chief Superintendent Keith Hunter, on alternative plans to stop more than 440 police officers being axed. I won’t stand by and be a cheerleader for the Coalition’s 20 per cent cuts to our police budget.
I’ve travelled the region talking to people about what they want from policing, not what politicians think they want. So my focus, if elected, will be on cutting anti-social behaviour, tackling rural crime, stopping drug users re-offending, clamping down on binge drinking and offering more support for victims of crime. You’ll be able to read more in my manifesto which launches very soon.
I’ll set up a People’s Police Commission to involve members of the public across the South and North banks to advise me and the policing panel. This will help make the police more accountable to the people they serve.
I also want the public to have more of a say in how criminals should pay their debt to society and deliver local justice to local criminals.
It’s understandable people feel Hull gets the lion’s share when it comes to policing. That’s why I’ll develop mini police and crime plans to reflect different police needs across our area – from the countryside and villages to the suburbs, towns and city centres.
I’ll also co-ordinate the public, agencies, voluntary groups, local authorities and the police to work better together to beat crime.
That’s because this election isn’t about me or any of the other candidates. It’s about you.
I will be your independent voice, a full-time commissioner with a laser-like commitment to cutting crime and making you feel safer. My duty will be to you, not a Government or a political party.
As we proved over 13 years, you get results when you’re tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.
So let’s beat crime together.
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I have one priority – to cut crime. I will challenge head-on the cycle of reoffending, supporting tougher community sentences so justice is seen to be done. I will always put victims ahead of criminals.
I will free our police from unnecessary bureaucracy and targets, allowing them to get on with their job of preventing crime and catching criminals and I will be recruiting more Special Constables to be deployed directly in our communities.
This post is not about politics. I am not a professional politician wishing to play on the national stage. I have not claimed expenses for mileage or food for the past three years as a councillor. I have never travelled first class and will never do so at the taxpayer’s expense.
I will challenge head-on the cycle of re-offending, supporting tougher community sentences so justice is seen to be done. I will always put victims ahead of criminals
I grew up in Lincolnshire and now live and have my company in East Yorkshire. I have a track record of working successfully with members of all political parties, voluntary groups and local residents. I would be the Police and Crime Commissioner for the whole of Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire as well as for Hull – a strong, local, independent-minded voice serving all residents and working closely with the public, chief constable, police officers and other organisations to make our neighbourhoods safer.
We must take the fight to the criminals, not just deal with the aftermath. For the most part we know who the habitual criminals are and where they live.
We must target them instead of allowing them to target the innocent.
For those whose drunken, antisocial behaviour blights our streets at night I will be looking to charge them for the cost of the police time spent dealing with them.
I will support effective rehabilitation and the fantastic work of those who help offenders rejoin society. Continuing a life of crime can no longer be the easy option. We should help offenders who want to turn their lives around but not tolerate those who choose to make other people’s lives a misery.
Preventing crime and reoffending is most effective when all the related services work closely together alongside our communities, so that offenders don’t fall through the gaps that can exist between organisations.
I want to ensure that there is no hiding place for criminals and that all parties focus together on reducing crime. I will protect investment in projects which have a proven success rate but will not waste money on rewarding criminals.
When elected, I will commit to ensuring that the police force will not only strive to protect and serve the people of Humberside, but it will also give the people of Humberside value for money.
Like you, I’ve had enough of public funds being squandered by politicians on projects like the Fire Control Call Centre scandal.
Most manifesto pledges are vague so that politicians can argue that they are delivering “plausible promises”. I don’t agree with this kind of political trickery.
I will not sanction any cuts to front line policing
I ask you to look at the other candidates’ manifestos and question whether or not what is being pledged is clear and understandable. I do not believe it is, like you I’m sick of politicians and their political babble, and I intend to end that here and now.
My pledges are not only specific but also measurable. The last thing I want is for what I’m saying to not be understood or confusing.
Firstly, I will not make claims for personal expenses. All my friends and family are sickened by the amount of public funds wasted on paying expenses to politicians and their advisers. The salary is already considered by most to be too high so expenses can come from this, as will the £20,000 extra pension contribution. This is unnecessary and unrealistic compared to what normal working people can expect.
I will not sanction any cuts to front line policing. As far as I’m concerned the most important of these services, front-line policing protecting residents and businesses from crime, should not be affected in any way, shape or form. Everyone I talk to says there should be more police on the beat, I agree and this will be a top priority.
I don’t agree with any of the other candidates that “cuts must be made”. If I’m approached and told that police numbers have to be cut the first question I’ll ask is: why? The second question will be: Can it be taken from a less essential service?
I, like you, refuse to accept the same old answers politicians give us: “because it has to” or “because there is no money”. There is money, but what we need is a new way of looking at how that money is spent and allocated, we need a commissioner who will honestly look at how the money will benefit the public first and foremost, a commissioner who is one of us, not one of them, and that is why I am standing for what I believe.
Election of the first Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales on Thursday, November 15, represents the biggest change in policing for nearly 200 years. This will affect you, your families and your local communities.
The role of the PCC will be to act independently on your behalf, to make sure that the police keep you safe by tackling crime and antisocial behaviour and other local problems that impact on your quality of life.
I am standing as an Independent candidate because I have a passionate vision for policing which I want to achieve across North Lincolnshire. My vision is a simple one – safe and confident local communities served by local officers solving local problems putting you – the public – first every time.
I want the police to reconnect with their primary role, which is to serve you – the public.
Each and every one of you has a right to have high expectations of the police to be honest and act with integrity, reduce crime and antisocial behaviour, be visible and accessible, and deliver a first class service to victims – I could go on. If these things are achieved then local communities will feel safe and confident
I know how to do this based on success as the chief superintendent in charge of policing East Riding of Yorkshire. When I retired two months ago, it was and still is one of the safest places to live in the country. I put victims first by attending and investigating ALL crime and antisocial behaviour. This does not happen where you live and it would be a policy I would introduce for you. There are enough police and community support officers to do this despite the reduction in resources.
As a resident of North Lincolnshire, you are suffering levels of crime and antisocial behaviour that are too high and have been for a long time. I would make it a priority to make substantial reductions in both areas. I would also fight hard to make sure that you do not lose police officers and that police stations stay open and accessible to you.
I am competent to do the job based on a thorough understanding of policing at all ranks over 30 years.
I know how to deliver a first class quality service to local communities and how to keep you safe.
Finally, my promise is that if elected, you would be able to contact me directly should the police let you down or you need help and reassurance.
Vote for me – my first act would be to cut my own salary.
Too many politicians are out of touch with people like you and me. They just don’t understand the problems we face on a daily basis.
Personally I feel that the idea our police commissioner will be paid the massive sum of £75,000 a year is outrageous. Other candidates disagree.
That’s why, if I am elected as the new police commissioner, my first act would be to cut my own salary.
I will use the money saved from my salary to support charities across Humberside that help victims of crime and I want your suggestions of which charities these should be.
If you visit www.surveymonkey. com/s/PCCSalary you can make your suggestions.
Many people don’t even know that an election for a police commissioner is happening. But the winner will have huge power over local policing – so your vote really matters.
I am standing because I believe:
Policing should be fair and independent, with no political interference in operational policing
Policing should respond to and reflect the needs of local communities, which will vary across Humberside
At a time when there’s precious little money to go around, every available penny should be spent on front-line policing, reducing offending and supporting victims of crime.
With more than 15 years experience as a local councillor representing the community where I live I believe I have the skills and experience to get the job done.
I have a proven record of championing local people, and getting things done.
I have worked in social care with a variety of clients, including looked after children and adults with mental health issues.
I have a proud record of volunteering for the local community – I’ve volunteered for Dove House Hospice, Aids Action and caring for older people.
This isn’t a job for an aggressive national politician whose priority would be scoring party-political points against the Government. Local policing is too important for that, our policing is too important for that.
Above all, I want local policing to be accountable to you – listening, responding to local problems and keeping local communities safe.
If elected as your police commissioner I will make sure that happens.
If you have any questions for me, you can contact me at email@example.com
I have been, for eight years now, the MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire and at that time I have seen some welcome changes in policing in the Humberside police region.
Incidentally I have lived in the region for 30 years.
Often as an MEP you are “the last port of call”, members of the public have tried everyone before they get to you.
Natural enough, local councillors and MPs by protocol are first in line.
My experience in 2005/6 was quite frightening. On some of the estates in Hull, Grimsby and other towns, old age pensioners and other vulnerable people appeared to have been abandoned.
I found people living behind steel shutters, installed at their own expense, living in fear of neighbours from hell. It was one of my biggest post bags.
I managed to foregather radio, TV and press for a campaign to help these people.
We got the Crown Prosecution Service, police and community leaders to come together under my chairmanship to try to address these problems.
Fortunately this coincided with the arrival of the current Chief Constable Tim Hollis who has done much to alleviate the pressure.
There is however much to be done yet.
Crime increases, budgets fall and central governments seem oblivious to the real problems we ordinary folk face on a daily basis.
I get seriously angry when I hear academics call burglary “low harm”, failure to attend on property and rural crime.
The task ahead is to prioritise resources under these circumstances.
To do what must be done for middle England who pick up the bills for policing.
I am a straightforward old- fashioned tough guy. You might have noticed from my record as your MEP I tell it like it is.
I bring the strongest management team offer in the country so far – 30 years in the private sector ending my career at a very senior level, used to managing top people; 30 years in the Territorial Army, there offering experience working with men and women in uniform.
My running mate/deputy is Mike Speakman, with 30 years senior level policing experience, much of it in Humberside.
I shall not be touring the region in a bus as I have been heavily involved in these matters for eight years so do not need to play catch up on what people are thinking.