Robert Evans is seeking the Labour nomination to be the Police and Crime Commissioner in Surrey. 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.
As Labour Candidate for Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner, my main theme and core message will be that Government plans to privatise parts of the police service in Surrey are politically motivated and above all unsafe.
I’ve not met anyone in Surrey who thinks it a good idea to have elements of our police service run for profit by a private company. It shows the Government are out of touch with local people, whilst by contrast I will listen to their views and be their voice on policing priorities in the County. A recent survey by the trade union Unison revealed that almost two thirds of the public – 62% – oppose these privatisation plans.
Furthermore, I think privatisation will erode public trust and confidence in policing. Unison found that half the people would trust the police less if a private company ran their local services. If a Surrey resident dials 999, they want to know there’s a trained police officer at the other end – not someone in a private call centre that could be miles away – even in another country – and with a supervisor breathing down their neck more interested in what the call is costing than the seriousness of the incident.
A recent expose in the Guardian also raised serious questions about G4S – one of the companies chasing the £1.5 Billion private contract. I don’t want G4S or any other private company in charge of the transfer of prisoners across the County, dealing with 999 calls, forensic work or any part of our police strategy.
I think however that this issue is actually one above party politics. I have started an on-line petition ‘No to Private Police in Surrey’. This is not a partisan campaign so I will be calling on the candidates from the other parties to join it when they are selected. I hope residents will sign up regardless of their political affiliation using the petition link below:
By voting for me the people of Surrey will be saying no to privatising police in Surrey and an end to the programme of closing police station across the County. Voting for me as PCC for Surrey is a vote for common sense policing policies. A vote that will prioritise the traditional grassroots values of Surrey Police not the political right-wing dogma of this Coalition Government.