MARTIN SURL - YOUR POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER
© Martin Surl www.policecommissioner.net 2012
We speak about healthy cities, healthy people, healthy towns and healthy prisons.
Now it is time to think about healthy policing. In Gloucestershire, we already
work on the principle of ‘Restorative Justice’ where the needs of victims are taken into account and offenders must take responsibility for their actions.
I support Restorative Justice and its aims to stop people re-offending.
Against that background, my aims and priorities are:
- Accessibility and accountability – Getting the right resources to the right situation or problem first time, every time, on time and dealing with the matter appropriately and effectively. The ideal of the local officer working the beat needs to be realised in Gloucestershire.
- Older but not overlooked – Older people need to feel and remain an active part of our communities whether they live in their own homes or are in residential care. Both should be part of the police beat with the local officer being visible and proactive with all vulnerable groups.
- Young people becoming adults – We need sensitive, relevant and effective policing to ensure our young people becomelaw-abiding, productive members of society. The ‘system’ must work for them, not against them.
- Safe days and nights for all – Gloucestershire has a strong night-time economy but it needs to be better managed,
with alcohol related crime and disorder being reduced. Everyone should be able to go out to our parks, pubs and streets without fear.
- Safe & social driving – People should be able move around our communities in safety and with as much ease and convenience as possible. The police will enforce the law when necessary, but we will all work to reduce offending and anti-social driving.
Yes, they can but not on their own. That’s why I will have one crime reduction strategy for all criminal justice agencies in Gloucestershire – the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, the courts, the Probation Service and HM Prison Service.
I want to see the community and voluntary sector take its place as an equal partner with statutory bodies.
Your role, as members of Gloucestershire’s communities is really important because public participation is critical.
The more we are all involved, the more likely we are to succeed.