Avon and Somerset Police’s purpose is to Serve, Protect and Respect. There are a number of important ways they will do this:
Police have important powers but must also accept responsibility for exercising them – I will continue existing accountability and transparency mechanisms including scrutiny panels whereby local people can review police use of force and stop and search and feedback their views to officers.
Climate change is a real and pressing issue – I will bring forward existing plans to use electric vehicles and to obtain energy from renewable sources.
The police have a duty to uphold lawful protest which they rightly take seriously – this must be balanced against their other duties including to uphold the law. I will ensure that learning is taken from policing of recent protests and local communities are consulted about policing of future protests.
It is important that the police listen to young people and understand the challenges they face – I will support the police in ensuring they are consulting and listening to young people and the issues that matter to them.
Successful businesses provide employment and prosperity in the area – they can be badly affected by crime and the perception of crime – I will continue existing initiatives to engage and support local businesses such as the Avon and Somerset Business Crime Forum and the various Business Crime Reduction Partnerships across the area.
Diversity and inclusion
The police are the public and the public are the police – the police must be representative of the people they serve and also be respected and supported by all communities across the area – I support and will continue the police’s significant investment in its outreach workers programme and the cultural awareness and diversity training.
Working in partnership with the Voluntary Sector
I have an ambitious agenda to improve policing and crime services in our area and to make people safer and make them feel safer. Whilst we are hoping for some additional investment in policing, overall police officer numbers will still be short of 2010 levels. All of these issues are too important to be left to the police and other statutory agencies. I have a long track record of working in partnership with the voluntary sector in areas such as victim services, child protection and reducing reoffending. I see them as a key partner to delivering on this agenda.