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Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Gareth Derrick

Our police have been exemplary over the past year, striking the balance between education and enforcement of Covid regulations across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. But public perception of the value in the role of Police and Crime Commissioner is low. My aim is to build trust and confidence in this important democratically elected position by making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

I will work alongside the Chief Constable representing your policing and crime prevention needs in a plan that sets the priorities for action, and I’ll hold the police to account for their performance on your behalf. Every decision I take will be based on my personal integrity and leadership experience gained during 36 years of public service with the Royal Navy. I won’t be drawn into party politics, but I will get to grips with the challenges that are holding back improvements to policing and crime prevention and the demonstration of value for money.

Beyond the G7 conference my priorities are:

  • To ensure that additional uniformed police officers will provide a much greater visible presence in your neighbourhood, serving you to cut crime and arrest offenders.
  • To end the tragedy of rising violence. Nearly doubling in four years, much of it is against women and girls. It has to be stopped.
  • To tackle the crimes in your community. I’ll re-prioritise the crimes that affect you everyday, like theft, drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour.
  • More investment in crime prevention to create a safer place for your families and your businesses too.
  • Better policing for every pound. Tax-payers deserve honesty and value for money.

I’m ready to serve again. Today I’m fighting to keep people safe and cut crime.

Statement prepared by Chris Cuddihee on behalf of Gareth Derrick, Lockyer Hall, Alfred St. Plymouth PL1 2RP.

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