We are providing all the candidates seeking election as Thames Valley 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.
In this article we speak to Alan Robinson, standing as an independent candidate.
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(1) Please tell us a little about yourself.
I am Alan Robinson the Independent candidate for the upcoming election for the Police and Crime and Commissioner in Thames Valley Police.
I grew up in Witney and have recently moved to Banbury with my wife Carol and her daughter.
Up until Lockdown I was an avid reader, most notably Jordan Peterson who gave me the courage to follow my passion, which is policing and ask the question, who is policing serving? The answer is policing is about people, not politics.
I’m a huge Liverpool FC fan and love Jurgen’s leadership style, the status quo needs to be upset.
(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?
It’s very difficult for me to talk in terms of priorities for policing, because I believe we have to go back to basics and get the Bobby back on the beat, using more common sense and discretion, with more community engagement, which will raise the morale of the officers and staff, with less political interference.
If we get the basics right, everything else will fall into place, we will be better able to deal with ALL crime.
We are too responsive and not proactive enough. We’ve had many priorities, but nothing can beat the Bobbby on the beat.
(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?
We cannot talk in terms of initiatives, when the most important people within the organisation are breaking, they are the officers and staff.
In a recent survey 72% stated that they believe morale was low, 56% wouldn’t recommend their friends to join, so many are off with stress, anxiety or depression. Officers are placed under so much scrutiny that they either leave or find themselves jobs without the scrutiny.
I will empower the officers to trust their decision-making. This will mean the officers and staff more inclined to serve the people that matter and that is you.
(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?
Having served as a frontline officer for 25 years, I am aware of the nuance that is required to get the officers and staff to work efficiency and effectively, to enable them to serve the people in ALL our communities, which is, after all, the major role of the PCC.
I am aware that officers have to hit targets, two arrests and two positive searches and two positive outcomes a month, this is unethical and further demoralises the officers and causes resentment from the people we should serve.
We should return to the 9 Peelian Principles.