I am a policing and security professional. I helped to establish the National Centre for Policing Excellence and consider it a privilege to work with the police services, alongside enthusiastic and dedicated staff.
If elected I will improve the policing of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough in three ways:
Other parties focus on arrests and enforcement. I will focus on reducing crime in the first place. I can cut crime more effectively, by doing what consistent research evidence shows works best. I will therefore put more resources into:
Working with first-time offenders is the most effective approach. Techniques that have been proven to work, such as restorative justice, can turn many more people away from crime for good. Research evidence shows this works better than any other approach, if done by uniformed police officers.
There will be a clear focus on preventative action, particularly in relation to youth crime, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues.
As your PCC I will restore neighbourhood and community policing and will enhance support for victims, not just by funding support groups but also fighting to fix the broken courts system.
I grew up in the Fens, have lived and worked in Cambridge, and now live near Ely, so I understand the different crime issues across Cambridgeshire, essential knowledge for being Commissioner.
Prepared by Kevin Wilkins, 55a Market Street, Ely, CB7 4LP on behalf of Rupert Moss-Eccardt
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