Crime may not be the sexiest issue, but it’s one that blights everyone’s lives at one point. It’s something I’m familiar with – my postcode has the highest theft and burglary rate in Wales, and last year my own home was broken into. I am more than qualified to be your Police and Crime Commissioner, having spent 8 years in charge of Cardiff’s community safety. We made so many improvements that people now take for granted:
- Making pubs serve only in plastic cups on event days to reduce glassing;
- Working to reduce waiting times for substance misuse treatment from 9 months to 9 weeks;
- More police on the beat by working with South Wales Police to fund more PCSOs.
I’ll bring to this role a can-do attitude, along with enthusiasm and fresh ideas. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines when I have ideas to improve our police services. One of the first things I will do as your Commissioner is work with colleagues from other police forces to share back-office staff and reduce costs.
Instead of wasting thousands of police hours chasing after people whose only crime is possessing cannabis, I will target resources to rehabilitation and treatment for those with a drug addiction. I don’t think it’s fair that in many parts of Wales a black person is more likely to be stopped and searched than a white person, and I will work to ensure this isn’t happening in our communities.
I’ll be the liberal, community-focused voice that South Wales Police desperately needs, and will work tirelessly to build a police force that works for you. Please support me to put these ideas into practice.