Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates
THERE are four candidates standing for the role of Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner’s role. In the run-up to the election on November 15, here the candidates talk directly to residents.
David Bowles (Campaign To Stop Politicians Running Policing)
I WILL put the public’s interest first and not those of a political party. I am not a politician and have not accepted donations for my campaign. Having been chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council I am the only candidate with experience of leading complex organisations and a proven track record of challenging corruption.
I am unashamedly “tough on crime” because there has been a threefold increase in people with 15 or more convictions appearing in court in the last ten years.
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I will work to reverse the trends of the past 30 years and strengthen successful programmes to prevent crime in the first place.
Seek tougher sanctions for repeat offenders
Tackle concerns about visible policing introducing community based special constables with the power of arrest
Strengthen support for Neighbourhood Watch
Campaign to give powers to councils to actually ban street drinking
Seek tough minimum sentences for drug dealing and possession of weapons
Campaign for tougher border controls
Re-balance the justice system to favour victims
Make the police, and their contractor, G4S, more efficient and accountable to you.
Lincolnshire’s police are appallingly funded – the worst in the country.
Our politicians have done little to redress this. I have delivered a protest to No 10 and started a campaign for fair funding with other rural forces.
This is an example of the strong leadership I will bring.
Richard Davies (Conservative)
FOR the first time since the modern police force was formed, the people of Lincolnshire will have the opportunity to decide how they are policed.
Having been born and raised in Lincolnshire I have a deep affinity and connection to public concerns in relation to crime. Running a small business in the county and raising a family here means I am acutely aware of the issues that have been ignored for too long by our London-centric policing system. The three years I spent working at the heart of Lincolnshire Policing has shown me first hand how the systems work and also where they fall down.
The role of Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner brings with it key powers but also huge responsibility and the opportunity to make a really significant difference to the lives of Lincolnshire residents. The priorities I would set match the needs, hopes and fears of the people who actually live here, not distant experts and bureaucrats. My no-nonsense approach will cut through the excuses and indifference that has left many people disillusioned with the police.
My priorities are simple
Visible policing – get the police out of the stations into our communities where they can deter criminals and protect people and property.
Crime prevention – to reduce the number of victims of crime we need more crime prevention.
On November 15 we can make the choice to improve our community, make people feel safer and cut the number of people who become victims of crime.
I firmly believe we can improve both how Lincolnshire police perform and how the people of Lincolnshire view our police.
Paul Gleeson (Labour)
I AM Paul Gleeson and I’m a councillor in Boston where I have lived for ten years.
A common theme of the concerns raised as I campaign is how policing no longer meets or listens to local needs. Nobody talks to me about murder, fraud or robbery, they’re concerned about the issues that affect them every day: antisocial behaviour, drunks keeping them awake, vandalism and people urinating in the streets.
While the police rightly have to deal with serious crime, it is this steady stream of antisocial behaviour that makes their lives a misery. The great opportunity open to an elected PCC is to enable true community involvement in the way policing is delivered in their area.
I am standing for PCC as I am convinced that by applying Labour values of strong community and decency to the development of Lincolnshire’s policing plan, we can have a plan that is truly inclusive of all communities, that recognises the rights and as importantly the responsibilities of all of us to ensure our communities’ safety. If elected I promise to not only listen but to hear what is being said.
I will deliver a policing plan that:
Protects children and the most vulnerable
Protects victims and witnesses
Enables local people to work actively with the police to ensure that their communities are safe and secure.
Recognises the differing needs of urban and rural areas
Protects frontline services
Maintains a fully functional police station with custody suite in central Lincoln.
Scrutinises thoroughly G4S’s involvement in the policing of the county.
The needs and opinions of young people are often overlooked; I will seek to create the role of a Young Police and Crime Commissioner to assist in engaging with young people.
Alan Hardwick (Independent)
I’VE been a communications and media professional all my working life – on newspapers, television and radio, and for the past four years with Lincolnshire Police Authority.
I was an employee of the authority, not a member. The key to success as a PCC is communication. With police officers, staff, volunteer organisations, local authorities, and the general public. Using their opinions to help shape policing in this new era.
We all share the same ambition: to improve safety and security for the county in which we are privileged to live. The Force cannot police without the help of the communities it serves; a PCC cannot hope to run his office without public support.
I am not a politician or a bureaucrat. Politics and policing do not mix, and the bureaucracy of the past – with its potential to slow down or frustrate change – has no place in my plans.
The whole point of electing a PCC is to choose someone who will be a strong and effective voice for you, both locally and on the national stage. When it comes to asking for fairer funding for Lincolnshire, the Government can easily ignore the pleas of a few private individuals. It will not be able to ignore someone who speaks for 700,000 people.
For well over 30 years, I have worked with police forces throughout the UK, and further afield. I know how policing works. I know its problems.
The information I acquired during my time with the Police Authority means I have a particularly privileged insight into Lincolnshire policing. I can make immediate good use of that as PCC. You have to know how something works before you can improve it. With the help of the people of Lincolnshire I can start to make those improvements from day one.