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’m a self employed business man that’s worked in everything from chemical production through ONS to tourism and security systems.
I was born and raised in Derby but have lived all over the UK experiencing life in cities like Glasgow and rural communities in South Wales.
(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?
Derbyshire has a higher than average drugs problem and all the issues that go with it.
These seem to be increasing and the police response to this is not as good as it could be.
Political pressures on the service also skew it’s responses onto topics which carry more political sensitivity.
This removes valuable resources from an already overstretched force.
(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?
I would personally assist in the streamlining of the service to get more front line boots on the ground and improve working conditions.
I will also work with them to improve the public police relationship which due to pressures and policing changes has been heavily eroded.
(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?
As a businessman I’ve spent my working life rearranging workflows and practices to provide more efficient service, better working environments and an improved customer experience.
These are all the things that our police service require to function properly.