Philip Ross – candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Hertfordshire
Labour & Co-operative candidate for Police & Crime Commissioner in Hertfordshire
Thank you for the warm welcome and supporting messages that people have sent me. I stood for the role of Police & Crime Commissioner because I believed it was an important one and I didn’t want the Tories to get back in. However, the more I have spoken to members and the public the more confirmed I have become in that belief and even more so in how important it is to have Labour in control. There is the power to do real good for our community and our society through the role. I won’t say that the Tories have bad intentions, but their priorities are wrong, and their approach is wrong. Being out of touch has consequences.
Hertfordshire Police has a falling morale, the lowest of any Constabulary in the country. Anti-social behaviour is out of control, illicit drugs through organised crime are rife and there is a lack of community engagement with the public and the police. Surveys show that 78% of people – women in particular – don’t feel safe on our streets.
Clearly the police and crime agenda is an important one.
Our message is that a vote for Labour is one that will keep us safe on-line, in our homes and on our streets.
We have been working with community groups across the county – we have put together a manifesto that puts forward the right priorities, with a proven approach and an effective plan.
We will tackle anti-social behaviour appointing a new commissioner for anti-social behaviour who will use a power called the community trigger to make the police, councils and other agencies all work together resolve problems not just pass them on.
We will make tackling the supply of drugs to school age children a number #1 priority, both in disrupting supply and dismantling networks. Children and young people caught up in this are victims.
We will ensure that cyber-crime isn’t specialist crime by training all our officers to respond to it to both tackle fraud and show young people that we understand the nature of harassment and crime on-line and in social media is a real thing.
Working with our County Council candidates we will get the street-lights turned back on in the evenings to make our streets safe.
I will move the Police & Crime Commissioner’s office from Harpenden to both Stevenage and Watford to reflect the realities of policing.
We are also going setup new community forums and give them real powers to hold the PCC to account. I pledge to hold more public meetings and forums in the first 10 months than the Tories have in the last 10 years.
In short, our approach is to build a fresh model of community and neighbourhood policing that focuses on both crime and safety. It is the model which has worked consistently well over the last 150 years and which will also work best in our new digital world. Our plan for Hertfordshire is comprehensive and is designed to deliver a safe and secure Hertfordshire for us all.
This election is the last one with a transferable vote, so urge family, friends and colleagues to put Labour down as No.1 or No.2 on the ballot paper. There is a real chance that using the transferable vote that we could deliver Labour representation for Hertfordshire. In office we can put into practise our Labour and co-operative values and show how it can make the county a safe place that we can all be proud of.”