As a local councillor in Norwich and the deputy leader of the largest group of Green councillors in the UK, I constantly engage with residents and understand what it means to be accountable to the public. As Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, I would act as an efficient conduit between local residents and the constabulary, and would seek to involve communities more in decision-making.
I have lived in Norfolk since 1994 and have a good understanding of the issues facing the county. I oppose government austerity and cuts to police services; however, I would work hard within existing budget constraints to protect the services that most directly affect communities. I would work to introduce a “late night levy” for licensed premises to fund the additional policing required in areas such as Prince of Wales Road in Norwich.
I will continue to advocate tax increases to protect police services, especially the Police and Community Support Officers (PCSOs), who provide an important link between community and constabulary.
If elected, I intend to:
Award more small grants to community projects which improve safety in their local area
Protect rural policing, ensuring that resources aren’t solely focused on urban areas
Encourage the establishment of more neighbourhood watch schemes, especially in rural areas
Hold surgeries across the county to ensure that residents are able to contact their PCC more easily
Ensure that more is done to tackle “hidden” crime such as domestic violence, which is often under-or-unreported, as well as revictimisation (where victims of crime are more likely to be targeted again).
I would of course be delighted to get feedback from residents in Norfolk so that together we can ensure that our police force is a supportive, visible presence in which we can all trust.