Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Stephen West (UKIP)

Stephen West
Stephen West
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‘As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I will tackle crime at its source, with zero tolerance of anti-social behaviour and protect the vulnerable.

‘My principles of positive policing are based on visible neighbourhood policing by permanently assigned police officers who residents and young people know and trust.

‘Policing is by consent and relies on open communication.

‘Neighbourhood police teams will hold public meetings where residents can share issues and concerns and police officers can inform and advise residents.

‘Causing harassment, damage to property and verbally abusing people is not just anti-social, it is a criminal offence. Those found to be behaving in a threatening way or intimidating others will be arrested. Anti-social behaviour is often alcohol-related; shops and bars that knowingly serve alcohol to people who are drunk or under age will risk prosecution and losing their licence.

‘I will also ensure that those who defend themselves, their property or their families will not be treated like criminals.

‘Victims of crime will be treated with respect and compassion and will be kept informed about their case.

‘The commitments that I make are simple:

No reduction in the numbers of frontline police

No real terms increase in your council tax contribution (precept)

Zero tolerance of anti-social behaviour

Reduce overall crime levels

Support victims of crime

Support campaign to tear down speed cameras

‘As a former special constabulary officer with 12 years front line policing experience, I understand crime and the demanding role of being a police officer. I will give your police officers the tools to do their job and free them from the constraints of political correctness.