Anthony Kimber is seeking the Conservative nomination to be the Police and Crime Commissioner in Sussex. If you are intending to stand to be Police and Crime Commissioner where you live, you can submit your own Candidate Statement, so get in touch at Editor@TopOfTheCops.com – Others are on the way, and we are looking for 400 words, a photo (of you!) that you have rights to, and preferably an imprint, which will be needed for the formal election period later this year.
With public service in the Military I am a new and different candidate, but with the unique experience of years supporting the Police across the Southeast on resilience and security issues. Combined with my contribution to setting police priorities in Rye, I am able to draw on extensive operational understanding to argue for priorities and strategy.
“To reconnect the public with the police” I would establish contact points across Sussex through which to engage with MPs, elected bodies and all neighbourhoods. By travel and the exploitation of technology I would ensure that I was visible, contactable and responsive.
Looking outwards from Lewes to communities, I would enable the Chief Constable to exercise his operational responsibilities in preventing and reducing crime. I would demand strong and consistent leadership at all policing levels to ensure the most efficient use of police time, a focus on crime and the reinforcement of success. I would seek close collaboration with the National Crime Agency and the new professional body. Above all, I would work for closer partnership between the Police and public, making full use of a reduced number of rejuvenated partnerships.
The new legislation provides an opportunity to prioritise a sustained and targeted crack down on Anti Social Behaviour, misuse of drugs and alcohol. I would also seek more effective handling of domestic violence and hate crime.
With an emphasis on victims, I would take a holistic view of the criminal justice system and by leadership and carefully targeted funds would achieve closer collaboration between all the professional and voluntary partners across existing boundaries. I would drive priorities on summary and restorative justice, effective community sentences and measures to tackle reoffending, particularly by the young.
To set an example, I would cut the inherited Police Authority budget and tackle the police reform agenda head on by reducing overheads to ensure “more from less”. Having had responsibility for large public budgets, I would not shrink from difficult decisions to stay within allocation. I would consider all available measures to make savings and set my funding priority on the frontline activities of the Office of Constable, Special Constable and PCSO. I would support neighbourhood watch and similar community schemes. I would exploit technology and innovation, part funded by seizures from criminals and levies on businesses at the root cause of crime.
With a firm belief in the need for trust and integrity for this role, I would swear an oath of public office and offer myself to be vetted to handle sensitive information.