I strongly believe that effective policing is a two-way covenant between the community and the police. It’s important to have a shared vision, achievable key performance indicators, strong quality culture, and firm political leadership, and, if I’m elected, I will provide this.
Crime and anti-social behaviour have soared in Suffolk but 10 years of cuts by the Conservative Government means there aren’t enough police to tackle it.
At the General Election, Boris Johnson promised a huge increase in police numbers, but Suffolk looks set to lose out.
Despite hundreds of police officers being cut from Suffolk over the last decade, the County has only been promised 75 more officers.
And it’s not the Government paying for these officers – it’s you and me as Suffolk’s Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner is hiking council tax by a massive 6.7%.
The Conservatives have let drug dealing and anti-social behaviour get out of control in urban Ipswich, Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds, but also in smaller market towns across Suffolk. Now they are denying us the resources to bring it back down – while making us pay for the privilege.
I will work with communities across the county to tackle crime and its causes and work closely with my counterpart in Norfolk. I will be uncompromising in the fight against sexual violence against women, violence in the home, and all forms of modern slavery.
I will not allow gang culture, drug dealing and county lines abuse to destroy young and vulnerable lives and damage our communities. I will work to make sure all our front-line officers and staff feel properly supported and valued.