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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.

Graham David Colley

About Graham

President of Liberal Democrat Lawyers and studied Law at Aberystwyth and European Law at the College of Europe. MBA from City University Business School and a research degree in Banking Reform at the University of Kent.

Graham worked in the City and has been a Legal Aid lawyer in Lambeth, Westminster, and Chatham.

Parliamentary candidate for Mid-Kent (twice) and for Rochester & Strood in the 2019 General Election. He is a former Kent County Councillor and co-chair of the Kent Fire & Public Protection committee.

Has lived in Maidstone and Lenham and now lives in Rochester, with two cats, Schnapps & Crackers

What Graham is standing for:

  • Neighbourhood Policing – from the ground up, not the top down.
  • Looking for radical solutions – tackling the root of the problems that face our police.
  • Seeking efficiency but caring for the police force who serve us.

Graham believes:

  • Crime policy must be based on the evidence of what works.
  • Strengthening neighbourhood policing as a local policing presence gives people confidence that their safety is being cared for.
  • More preventative work is required, particularly through joined-up working with other public services.
  • Too many victims of crime still have a negative experience in the system.
  • Too many criminals are not required to confront their behaviour.
  • More action is required to tackle violence against women and girls.
  • Too few prisoners receive effective pre-release support and re-offending rates remain unacceptably high.
  • A new preventative, health-based approach is required to tackle drug and alcohol misuse.
  • Stop and Search remains a source of deep mistrust between the police and the public.

Kent Police have a large budget, and the PCC must be vigilant to ensure that it is well spent.

Prepared by election agent John Castle, 155 Sturla Rd, Chatham, ME4 5QH

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