Dr Chris Jones, Labour’s candidate for the Police & Crime Commissioner elections, visited Cromer on Wednesday evening to talk to Labour Party supporters about why he’s standing for election on May 5.
Dr Jones spent over 30 years working with the NHS as a psychiatrist and has worked in partnership with agencies across the criminal justice system: the Courts, prisons, the Probation Service, Public Protection, Victim Support, and the Police.
“For me, standing in the Police and Crime Commissioner election is a natural progression of my career over the last 30 years,” he explained.
He said: “Violent crime in Norfolk has risen by 30pc in a year. But the number of police officers in the county has been slashed since 2010. The choice at the election will be between a Labour commissioner who will stand up to the government’s cuts to policing, or a Tory commissioner who will back them all the way.”
“Some people have concerns about the Police Service becoming a political issue. None of us want to see that, but political decisions directly affect the way the Police work every day – policy decisions about how we tackle drug abuse or anti-social behaviour, strategic responses to national and international issues like terrorism or people trafficking, and funding decisions that directly determine the resources the Police have. It is political decisions that have cut Police budgets and Police numbers over recent years, and only political action can address them.”
Chris set out his ten priorities if he elected as the Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk. He promises he will:
- Be a strong voice for local views in setting Police priorities
- Campaign against the dangerous cuts imposed by central government
- Improve joint working with health and social care agencies
- Listen to YOUR views and engage with people across the county
- Oppose plans for Police and Fire Services to be merged with a single Commissioner
- Campaign for a Victims’ Act to promote victims’ rights
- Give more power to local people to decide the Police Service they want and promote community-led initiatives
- Prioritise efforts to prevent offending and to target persistent reoffending
- Develop local Restorative Justice schemes to strengthen local communities
- Respect the operational independence and professionalism of the Police.
The elections take place on Thursday 5 May 2016.