Police Commissioner candidates: Humberside

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Seven candidates are standing to become the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the Humberside Police Force area.

The newly-elected PCC will replace the current Police Authority.

Polling stations will be open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 15th November.

The candidates are:

  • Godfrey BLOOM (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
  • Simone BUTTERWORTH (Liberal Democrat)
  • Paul DAVISON (Independent)
  • Neil EYRE (Independent)
  • Matthew GROVE (The Conservative Party Candidate)
  • John PRESCOTT (Labour Party Candidate)
  • Walter SWEENEY (Indepdendent)

Here are their election statements:

Godfrey BLOOM (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) Credit: .

The Police and Crime Commissioner post is new, so there is much learning to be done. It requires a proven understanding of, and ability to run significant budgets. Humberside is £180 million. There is a requirement to manage and lead at a very senior level. It is essential to prioritise with rising crime and reducing resources. This is no easy task.

Every candidate must be examined in detail before the electorate vote. The wrong choice could be disastrous. I offer 35 years in the private sector managing people and budgets at very senior level. Experience of being part of a uniformed team of men and women, 30 years in the Territorial Army with experience of logistics at Armoured Divisional level. I am also a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies and therefore trained in strategic analysis. I have political experience of 8 years, though proud to say I am not a professional politician of whom there are far too many already!

I will use the role as a platform for lobbying government for a realistic sentencing policy as well as reducing speed cameras as a source of revenue. I also have plans to put rural and property crime higher up the list of priorities than it appears to be at the moment. I do not accept some academics’ view that burglary is ‘low harm’.

My running mate, Mike Speakman was a very senior policeman for 30 years including a period as Deputy Chief Constable in Humberside. In short we have the most experienced management team for this office in the country.

I am old fashioned, victim orientated and anti political correctness. If you are a villain, I’m not your man!

– Godfrey BLOOM (UK Independence Party (UKIP))
Simone BUTTERWORTH (Liberal Democrat) Credit: .

Vote for me – my first act would be to cut my own salary.

Too many politicians are out of touch with people like you and me. They just don’t understand the problems we face on a daily basis.

Personally I feel that the idea our Police Commissioner will be paid the massive sum of £75,000 a year is outrageous. Other candidates disagree.

That’s why, if I am elected as the new Police Commissioner, my first act would be to cut my own salary.

I will use the money saved from my salary to support charities across Humberside that help victims of crime.

Many people don’t even know that an election for a Police Commissioner is happening. But the winner will have huge power over local policing - so your vote really matters.

I am standing because I believe:

• Policing should be fair and independent, with no political interference in operational policing

• Policing should respond to and reflect the needs of local communities, which will vary across Humberside

• At a time when there’s precious little money to go around, every available penny should be spent on front-line policing, reducing offending and supporting victims of crime

With over 15 years experience as a local councillor representing the community where I live I believe I have the skills and experience to get the job done.

I have proven record of championing local people, and getting things done. I have worked in social care with a variety of clients, including looked after children and adults with mental health issues. I have a proud record of volunteering for the local community – I’ve volunteered for Dove House

Hospice, Aids Action and caring for older people.

This isn’t a job for an aggressive national politician whose priority would be scoring party-political points against the Government. Local policing is too important for that, our policing is too important

for that.

Above all, I want local Policing to be accountable to you - listening, responding to local problems, and keeping local communities safe. If elected as your Police Commissioner I will make sure that happens.

– Simone BUTTERWORTH (Liberal Democrat)
Paul DAVISON (Independent) Credit: .

I am standing as an independent candidate because I believe that I possess the passion, skill and determination to make local communities across Humberside the safest in the country.

Using knowledge and expertise learnt over thirty years, I achieved this for people living in the East Riding of Yorkshire when I was in charge of policing. The challenge will be to do the same in Hull, N.E Lincs and N.Lincs against a background of reduced resources. This can be done. Accordingly, I would set out an ambitious but achievable five year plan for the Chief Constable to deliver on your behalf.

The plan would be shaped by your views. From talking to people across Humberside, this will inevitably include more officers on patrol, reducing neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour and keeping police stations open and accessible.

My role will be to fight for you and make sure that the police and key partners responsible for keeping you safe put you at the heart of everything they do. I would be available for you to contact me directly should you need help or advice. I want you to receive a service from the police that exceeds your expectations and I would hold the Chief Constable to account to make sure this happens.

It would be an honour and a privilege to be your elected Police and Crime Commissioner. I would always act in your best interests and bring integrity and professionalism to this unique role. The 15 November 2012 must be remembered as the date when British policing became more accountable to you and therefore changed for the better.

– Paul DAVISON (Independent)
Neil EYRE (Independent) Credit: .

When elected, I will commit to ensuring that the Police force will not only strive to protect and serve the people of Humberside, but it will also give the people of Humberside value for money. Like you I’ve had enough of public funds being squandered by politicians on projects like the Fire Control Call Centre scandal.

Most manifesto pledges are vague so that politicians can argue that they are delivering ‘plausible promises’. I don’t agree with this kind of political trickery.

I ask you to look at the other candidate’s manifestos and question whether or not what is being pledged is clear and understandable. I do not believe it is, like you I’m sick of politicians and their political babble, and I tend to end that here and now.

My pledges are not only specific but also measureable. The last thing I want is for what I’m saying to be not understood or confusing.

Firstly, I will not make claims for personal expenses. All my friends and family are sickened by the amount of public funds wasted on paying expenses to politicians and their advisors. The salary is already considered by most to be too high so expenses can come from this, as will the £20,000 extra pension contribution. This is unnecessary and unrealistic compared to what normal working people can expect.

I will not sanction any cuts to front line policing. As far as I’m concerned the most important of these services, frontline policing protecting residents and businesses from crime, should not be affected in anyway shape or form. Everyone I talk to says there should be more police on the beat, I agree and this will be a top priority.

I don’t agree with any of the other candidates that “cuts must be made”. If I’m

approached and told that police numbers have to be cut the first question I’ll ask is: why? The second question will be: Can it be taken from a less essential service?

I like you, refuse to accept the same old answers politicians give us ‘because it has to’ or ‘because there is no money’. There is money, but what we need is a new way of looking at how that money is spent and allocated, we need a commissioner who will honestly look at how the money will benefit the public first and foremost, a commissioner who is one of us, not one of them, and that is why I am standing, for what I believe.

– Neil EYRE (Independent)
Matthew GROVE (The Conservative Party Candidate) Credit: .

I have one priority - to cut crime. I will challenge head on the cycle of re-offending, supporting tougher community sentences so justice is seen to be done. I will always put victims ahead of criminals.

I will free our police from unnecessary bureaucracy and targets, allowing them to get on with their job of preventing crime and catching criminals and I will be recruiting more Special Constables to be deployed directly in our communities.

This post is not about politics, I am not a professional politician wishing to play on the national stage. I have not claimed expenses for mileage or food for the past three years as a Councillor. I have never travelled first class and will never do so at the taxpayer’s expense.

I grew up in Lincolnshire and now live and have my company in East Yorkshire. I have a track record of working successfully with members of all political parties, voluntary groups and local residents. I would be the Police and Crime Commissioner for the whole of Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire as well as for Hull - a strong, local, independent-minded voice serving all residents and working closely with the public, chief constable, police officers and other organisations to make our neighbourhoods safer.

We must take the fight to the criminals, not just deal with the aftermath. For the most part we know who the habitual criminals are and where they live. We must target them instead of allowing them to target the innocent.

For those whose drunken, anti-social behaviour blights our streets at night I will be looking to charge them for the cost of the police time spent dealing with them.

I will support effective rehabilitation and the fantastic work of those who help offenders re-join society. Continuing a life of crime can no longer be the easy option. We should help offenders who want to turn their lives around but not tolerate those who choose to make other people’s lives a misery.

Preventing crime and re-offending is most effective when all the related services work closely together alongside our communities, so that offenders don’t fall through the gaps that can exist between organisations.

I want to ensure that there is no hiding place for criminals and that all parties focus together on reducing crime. I will protect investment in projects which have a proven success rate but will not waste money on rewarding criminals.

I grew up in Lincolnshire and now live and have my company in East Yorkshire. I have a track record of working successfully with members of all political parties, voluntary groups and local residents. I would be the Police and Crime Commissioner for the whole of Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire as well as for Hull - a strong, local, independent-minded voice serving all residents and working closely with the public, chief constable, police officers and other organisations to make our neighbourhoods safer.

We must take the fight to the criminals, not just deal with the aftermath. For the most part we know who the habitual criminals are and where they live. We must target them instead of allowing them to target the innocent. For those whose drunken anti-social behaviour blights our streets at night, I will be looking to charge them for the cost of the police time spent dealing with them.

I will support effective rehabilitation and the fantastic work of those who help offenders re-join society. Continuing a life of crime can no longer be the easy option. We should help offenders who want to turn their lives around but not tolerate those who choose to make other people’s lives a misery. Preventing crime and re-offending is most effective when all the related services work closely together alongside our communities, so that offenders don’t fall through the gaps that can exist between organisations.

I want to ensure that there is no hiding place for criminals and that all parties focus together on reducing crime. I will protect investment in projects which have a proven success rate but will not waste money on rewarding criminals.

– Matthew GROVE (The Conservative Party Candidate)
John PRESCOTT (Labour Party Candidate) Credit: .

I am proud to have been part of a Government that cut crime across the Humberside Police force area by 43%. We did it by introducing community policing, PCSOs, CCTV cameras and ASBOs and by being tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime.

But all that is at risk from the Coalition Government cutting the police budget by 20%. It means Humberside Police, which has the fourth highest number of recorded crimes in England and Wales, is proposing to axe 440 police officers at twice the rate of any other force in England and Wales.

I passionately oppose this and any attempt to privatise the police. That’s why we need an alternative plan that will make you feel safer, keep bobbies on the beat, be smarter with our resources and allow you to set our policing priorities.

If elected, my focus as your full-time commissioner will be to cut anti-social behaviour, tackle rural crime, stop drug users re-offending, clamp down on binge drinking and offer more support for victims of crime.

I will extend community payback schemes to make criminals repay their debt with you setting the punishments and introduce a People’s Police and Crime Commission to give you a greater say in how we tackle crime and tour the region holding police surgeries.

I will also create better partnerships between the people, police, local authorities, voluntary bodies, neighbourhood watch groups and other agencies to beat crime.

This election isn’t about the candidates. It’s about you and keeping you safe. Vote for me and I’ll always put you and beating crime, first.

– John PRESCOTT (Labour Party Candidate)
Walter SWEENEY (Indepdendent) Credit: .

Dear Elector,

I am standing as an Independent because I believe that my training and experience best qualify me for the post. It is vital that your Police and Crime Commissoner should be independent of any political party and independent of the police, if he or she is to represent your interests effectively, without any hint of bias. I studied law and politics at Hull University and then Criminology at Cambridge where I completed a research project on police management by objectives. I am a solicitor currently practising with a leading firm in Hull and for many years specialized in both prosecuting and defending in the courts. I served as acting chairman of a police authority. While I was an M.P., I acted as an unpaid adviser to Michael Howard Q.C. and served on the Home Affairs Select Committee. I successfully campaigned for better pay and conditions for the police and for the introduction of CCTV to reduce town centre crime. I campaigned in Parliament for fully compatible IT systems to be introduced in every police force (which if implemented would have avoided the Soham murders) and tabled a private member’s bill to give improved to victims of burglaries top defend themselves – still a topical issue today.

I believe that every person in the Humberside Police Area needs and deserves better protection from criminal behaviour, and despite present financial constraints, we must all work together to make that happen. I ask for your support on 15th November 2012. In return, I make the following pledges.

If elected, I will:

  1. give full support to our police, local government, the probation service, charities and all other agencies involved in the fight to reduce crime and improve detection and conviction rates

  2. Help the victims of crime

  3. Help divert criminals from a life of crime

  4. Strive to achieve improved value for money and efficiency

  5. Build better relations between police and public, so that we can all work together to reduce crime and make us all safer.

  6. Work full time to represent YOUR interests in reducing crime, wherever you live, whatever your politics and whoever you are.

SIGNED: Walter Sweeney

– Walter SWEENEY (Independent)