I know that to be the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner will be a challenging full time commitment for the elected individual, particularly with decisions already made to cut the budget by some 20% in years to 2015, involving reductions of some 1050 people. Had I been elected, I would have recognised the stated values of Sussex Police ; my pledges included, to:
- Represent the Public interest in holding the Chief Constable to account for effective delivery of neighbourhood policing and community safety.
- Engender trust in everything that I do by acting with integrity and transparency.
- Tackle ASB and the linkage to the misuse of drugs and alcohol: identify; arrest/charge; ensure criminal justice system deals.
- Establish contact points, exploiting existing crime partnerships, across Sussex to enable visibility and dialogue for the public to decide the policing priorities.
- Scrutinise the Home Secretary’s Strategic Police Requirement to ensure balance with local commitments.
- Examine the scope for the local integration of infrastructure for all Emergency Services.
- Take a holistic view of all the partnerships involved with crime and safety to ensure coordinated delivery of measures for crime prevention through to probation.
- Seek effective collaboration with the new NCA, HMIC the new policing professional body and the Police IT Company.
- Ensure that Sussex collaborates effectively in the handling of any wide-scale civil emergencies.
- Drive forward summary justice, restorative justice and effective community service schemes across Sussex.
- Explore the greater use of payment by results schemes to cut reoffending.
- Lead the commissioning of support services for victims of crime and drug intervention programmes.
- Improve the handling of hate crime, domestic violence and stalking.
- Consult young people, including those in the criminal justice system, when developing my police and crime plan.
- Ensure that Sussex Police achieves value for money, putting Frontline policing first in all financial planning.
- Recruit more Special Constables.
- Exploit all available technology for more innovative policing.
- Be prepared to swear an oath of office (to operate without fear or favour) for all communities from Rye to Chichester, Brighton to Crawley/Gatwick and all the rural areas in between.