Anthony Kimber was defeated in the final selection for the Conservative nomination to be the Police and Crime Commissioner in Sussex. For the record, here is his candidate’s statement.
With public service in the Military I would have been a new and different candidate, with the unique experience of years supporting the Police across the Southeast on resilience and security issues. Combined with my contribution to setting police priorities in Rye, I would have been able to draw on extensive operational understanding to argue for priorities and strategy.
“To reconnect the public with the police” I would have established contact points across Sussex through which to engage with MPs, elected bodies and all neighbourhoods. By travel and the exploitation of technology I would have ensured that I was visible, contactable and responsive. Looking outwards from Lewes to communities, I would have enabled the Chief Constable to exercise his operational responsibilities in preventing and reducing crime. I would have demanded strong and consistent leadership at all policing levels to ensure the most efficient use of police time, a focus on crime and the reinforcement of success. I would have sought close collaboration with the National Crime Agency and the new professional body. Above all, I would have worked for closer partnership between the Police and public, making full use of a reduced number of rejuvenated partnerships.
The new legislation provides an opportunity to prioritise a sustained and targeted crack down on Anti Social Behaviour, misuse of drugs and alcohol. I would have sought more effective handling of domestic violence and hate crime.
With an emphasis on victims, I would have taken a holistic view of the criminal justice system and by leadership and carefully targeted funds would have achieved closer collaboration between all the professional and voluntary partners across existing boundaries. I would have driven priorities on summary and restorative justice, effective community sentences and measures to tackle re-offending, particularly by the young.
To set an example, I would have cut the inherited Police Authority budget and tackled the police reform agenda head on by reducing overheads to ensure “more from less”. Having had responsibility for large public budgets, I would not have shrunk from difficult decisions to stay within allocation. I would have considered all available measures to make savings and set my funding priority on the frontline activities of the Office of Constable, Special Constable and PCSO. I would have supported neighbourhood watch and similar community schemes. I would have exploited technology and innovation, part funded by seizures from criminals and levies on businesses at the root cause of crime.
With a firm belief in the need for trust and integrity for this role, I would have sworn an oath of public office and offered myself to be security vetted to handle sensitive information.