We are providing all the candidates seeking election as Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with the opportunity to tell our readers what their priorities are, and to tell us a little more about themselves.
We’ve asked the same four questions to each candidate, for straightforward comparison, and we have invited candidates to supply social media and website links if they choose to.
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(1) Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am married with a grown up family. I have lived in Derbyshire for 20 years. I have a Masters Degree in Law, from Sheffield University.
I have served as a local Councillor and Town Council Leader for many years.
I am currently the Cabinet member for Corporate Services at Derbyshire County Council, where my portfolio includes Finance, Legal, Property, HR and IT and has a budget of approximately £46 million.
As the next Police and Crime Commissioner I intend to put the law-abiding citizen, at the centre of policing policies and keep people safe.
(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?
The role of the Police and Crime Commissioner is to be the voice of the people and to hold the police to account, set the priorities of policing in their area and hold the police to account to make sure they deliver on those priorities.
Residents accross Derbyshire and Derby City have been very clear about what their local priorities are:
– A more visible police force and better engagement with the public
– A tougher approach to tackling crime
– Tackling Antisocial behaviour
– Tackling Rural Crime, theft and burglaries
– Cut down speeding and make our roads safer
– But also, reduce fly-tipping, tackle illegal encampments switftly and effectively, and treat pet theft as a serious crime
-Deal with complex issues of domestic violence and drug related crime
(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?
Recruit more police officers and PCSOs and revive the Special Constable recruitment scheme.
Increase police patrols in towns and villages as well as the bigger urban areas to deter criminals.
Increase the number of police officers in the rural crime team and make sure we increase and improve engagement with our rural communities.
Work with local agencies to drive down antisocial behaviour
Support schemes to increase cctv and anpr camera in crime hot spots
Support Neighbourhood Watch and help increase their numbers
Support and help increase the number of local Community Speed Watch schemes and look to implement a Community Speedwatch Online pilot scheme to back volunteers
Work with local authorities and help set up a local multi agency taskforce to tackle and reduce fly tipping
Ensure illegal encampments are dealt with swiftly and effectively
Support the further use of Stop and Search to keep the public safe
(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?
I have been at the forefront of providing strong leadership to reform public services.
This has meant leading on prudent budgeting and robust financial management to properly prioritise and manage demands, reducing waste of resources and providing more effective and efficient services.
I will apply the same principles in setting and managing Derbyshire Police multi-million-pound budget and ensuring policing is delivered effectively across Derbyshire and Derby City.