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Meet the Staffordshire PCC candidates - Joy Garner

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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"SINCE the summer I've been to nearly every corner of the county and what I've heard has been the same - Staffordshire people want their police based in the community and accountable to them.

As a local councillor and Staffordshire Police Authority member I know the importance of community safety.

Neighbourhood policing and police community support officers have been an outstanding success.

It's appalling that the Tory-led Government are putting this at risk as they cut the number of police officers by 20 per cent. We've already lost 213 officers in Staffordshire, and by 2015 a total of 395 will have gone, placing the force in danger of being left with the lowest number of police officers since it was established.

No combination of efficiency savings or changes to working practices can replace the number of bobbies taken off our streets.

The way in which security for the London Olympics was put in jeopardy by the failed contract with security firm G4S proved that privatisation carries risks.

I will ensure that policing in Staffordshire remains publicly run and not hand services to private firms whose only motive is profit.

If I become Staffordshire's Police and Crime Commissioner my priorities will include:

  • Fighting the 20 per cent cut to Staffordshire's Police budget;
  • Putting victims of crime before criminals and ensuring that victims get the support they need;
  • Taking seriously the blight of domestic violence;
  • Working to steer young people away from crime and anti-social behaviour;
  • Tackling alcohol misuse and its effect on communities;
  • Taking a hard line against antisocial behaviour by establishing an anti-social behaviour task force to ensure that victims get a response within 24 hours;
  • Making sure that Staffordshire residents get value for money in their police service."

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 15 2012, 4:13PM

    Madam, The BASC has sent you questions for your reply, One of them is this. Do you support the private ownership and use of firearms in accordance with the current law? I for one am a BASC member and on their website it shows that you and the other candidate have not bothered to reply. As far as I'm concerned, I will not bother voting as clearly, you are not bothered about legal shooting sports.

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  • Staf Newsletter  |  November 09 2012, 7:16PM

    Well Joy Garner. Firstly, PCCs should not be members of a political party at all. Secondly, the salary is an outrageous amount of public momey and finally have you actually any idea about how much money is wasted on ineffective, lazy, overweight, badly deployed serving police officers? There are officers doing desk jobs which should be carried out by cheaper civilian staff. We should have Police officers with full powers earning police salaries, not PCSOs - who looking at salary scales can in fact be earning more than full time officers with full police powers. If an officer can't fully carry out a roll they should not be offered desk jobs. They should have to take the fitness test annually like the fire service and if you they don't pass then they aren't fit for purpose and become dead wood. The force shouldn't have to carry these officers out of some misguided loyality. Before you start on your priorities you should take a very long hard look at what will be right under your nose - lots of officers who don't deserve to be serving officers or are inefficient in carrying out a vital public service.

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