I am a retired Headmaster and, now as a governor of schools in Norfolk, I see the importance of the educational role of the police in working with young people and their communities, to combat crime, but as importantly to boost the confidence of our communities. Only through understanding the needs of every person and supporting them can we hope to work together.
My priorities therefore focus on:
To be truly effective we need to start with our children. Many schools have successful PHSE programmes, but few put enough emphasis on what crime is, the impact it can have on them and the community and how they can keep out of crime. Groups of victims, former prisoners and those involved in the criminal justice system should go into schools and inform the young people about issues including respect for women, knife crime and County Lines Drug Gangs and to promote social cohesion and civic values.
We need to work with all members of the community and good mental health provision is essential in understanding those who suffer and who may present with issues that need proper care when considering crimes committed.
Addressing the many people in society who are victims of crime, but don’t feel they are being listened to when it comes to the criminal justice system.
Restorative justice which brings those damaged by crime and those responsible for the damage into communication needs to be extended.
Thinking to the future
Embracing technologies, and making the funding available for them, that can help crime prevention and detections, always being aware that we should be conscious of civil liberties.
Vote John Crofts as your first choice for Norfolk PCC
Prepared by Richard Carden, of Chapel Farm, Denton, Harleston, IP20 0AW, as Agent for John Crofts.
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