We are providing all the candidates seeking election as Staffordshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) 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.
As both an ex-military and Senior Operational Prison Governor, I understand the intricate roles of both the Police/Fire services, to deliver their, and our wider public responsibilities.
Working in various prisons and our communities, means constantly dealing with multi-agency protection teams, which can include Police/Fire personnel, when reintegrating offenders back into the community.
I have also managed contracts on behalf of the Secretary of State in prisons, holding both public/private sector managers to account in their delivery, using identified audits to ensure efficient, effective strategies are delivered on behalf of the taxpayer.
(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?
In my opinion, there is a lot of unreported crime in Staffordshire.
Citizens have an absolute right to say how their Police/Fire services are delivered, conducting a county wide survey including ones for Police/Fire services would give me the information needed to determine our policing priorities, as we are all directly/indirectly victims of crime.
Linking results to other statistics should give us a complete picture of what the people of Staffordshire want. Crime/Fire plans would be adjusted by managers as changes in criminal activity occur, in line with current guidelines, to ensure accountability to the public.
(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?
I would introduce a program that can be delivered in all schools, reflecting the priorities of our policing/Fire plans.
It would be developed as part of a multi-agency approach to supporting everyone, reminding them of their responsibilities which start at 10 years old in the eyes of our laws, in terms of criminality, and supported by the Children and young person’s act 1963.
Education is the key to help us prevent and deter crime, using statistics from our Crime/Fire plans we can provide knowledge, so children and young people can decide to make the right choices in life.
(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?
I feel strongly that Impartiality in delivering our public service’s is paramount, and that is how they will be delivered, by everyone linked to the PFCC.
I have a broad and diverse operational understanding of what is required to deliver our services to the public, as well as working with multi-agency teams, with knowledge and skills learnt over 3 decades.
I can support the Chief Constable/Chief Fire Officer, so they are able to deliver on their priorities to the citizens of Staffordshire, whilst holding them to account on behalf of the taxpayer, as I will be held to account!