Candidate Statement of David Rogers

David Rogers is the Liberal Democrat Candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner

I’ve lived in Sussex for nearly 40 years, over 35 of them as an elected councillor. My children grew up here. It’s a great place to live. Now I want to make it even better and safer.

I know and understand all parts of our diverse area, as during that time I’ve lived in Brighton & Hove, West Sussex and East Sussex.

My priorities:

  • Cutting bureaucracy to help the police spend more time on the streets
  • Giving new powers to communities to tackle anti-social behaviour
  • A new approach to community sentencing
  • Targeting extra resources to cut all forms of domestic violence

As a long-standing member of the Sussex Police Authority until three years ago, including a two-year term as Chair (2001-3), I have a strong track record of working on crime and disorder across Sussex.

It is vital that the new Police Commissioner should stand up for a common-sense approach to crime and antisocial behaviour, as many police officers want.

Work together to cut crime

The Police and Crime Commissioner must work in partnership with others, including councils and local health organisations.

  • Alcohol is a factor in about 44% of violent crime: I will work with the Accident and Emergency services at Sussex hospitals, and local councils, to address these issues.
  • One million women in England & Wales experience domestic violence each year; health services can help support them to report this.
  • Drug users are responsible for over one third of acquisitive crime like burglary: effective treatment can cut their crime levels by about half.

I hope that residents across Sussex will back me on November 15th to act for them.

With best wishes,

David Rogers

Liberal Democrat Candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner

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