Brian Mathew, Police & Crime Commissioner candidate for Wiltshire & Swindon, has launched his election address detailing his urgent action plan to address the issues facing policing in the county and to help our police officers keep local residents safe.
Brian’s Election Address:
They say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but something is broken. We have too many break-ins without convictions. Churchill Insurance say we have the worst rate of solving burglary and robbery in England and Wales. Almost 92 out of 100 such crimes go unpunished.
This is not good enough. No doubt the cut to local police numbers of 153 since 2010 helps these criminals. Too many burglaries are not investigated, victims not compensated and police are frustrated.
We need to change things and on 5th May your vote can help me do just that.
Our Police Men and Women, Police Community Support Officers and Special Constables want to make a difference and keep us safe. They need the numbers, equipment and resources to do this. Their morale is too low and stress too high, with too many good Officers leaving mid-career.
My five point urgent action plan for a safer Wiltshire & Swindon:
- I will work to cut "management" and create more "coppers", free to do their work in the best way they know how - out on the beat.
- I want crime designed out of neighbourhoods. I want to rejuvenate Neighbourhood Watch and Farm Watch, making them central to happier, healthier communities that look out for each other, with more "Street Pastors" keeping our town centres safe at night.
- Drug laws need reform based on science, not political prejudice.
- Criminals need to confront the impacts of their crimes through restorative justice with proceeds from their crimes returned to victims and communities that they wreck.
- Prioritize cybercrime: protecting children, combating identity theft and fraud.
Let’s be tough on criminals, kind to victims and communities.
You will find some simple questions and also a place to have your say. Please leave your comments and help me help Wiltshire and Swindon to be a happier and safer place to live.