Three people are contesting the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland police and crime commissioner election. Here is what they have to say.
Sir Clive Loader (Cons)
I am a former Air Chief Marshal and Commander-in-Chief in the RAF where I commanded more than 31,500 RAF personnel and ran a budget of more than £2.6bn.
My wife Alison and I have had a home in Rutland for more than 20 years.
I strongly believe people should have their voice heard about how well their police force is performing. Crime rates are still unacceptably high and I am determined to help make our streets safer and much more family friendly; we will need to be as lean and efficient as possible in doing so.
My five key election pledges are to:
l Listen to, and act on behalf of, all residents of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
l Set agreed priorities and targets with the chief constable, according to the expectations and concerns of all the people, and do all I can to help him and the police force to deliver them.
l Be prepared to use all means, including innovative solutions, to reduce crime and create efficiencies.
l Create an improved structure of support to the victims of crime, including visits and feedback on the detection of their crime and the punishment awarded.
l Do everything possible to protect the most vulnerable in our society, including working across agencies in order to address the difficulties created by difficult families.
Please ask yourself which candidate has the credibility and experience to: hold the chief of police to account; drive the necessary efficiencies through that will allow the maximum numbers of uniformed police on the beat; and, lastly, listen to each and every voice so that all views are reflected in our policing plan.
Suleman Nagdi (Ind)
I have lived in Leicestershire for 36 years, and all my life experience has prepared me for this role.
I have owned and managed my own successful business. I have served locally as a magistrate, and most important of all, for the past 25 years I have been a committed champion of local people as a community advocate.
In various capacities I have also critiqued the work of the police for over 15 years.
I know how local and central government works; I know how to run customer-focused organisations, and I know, from my day-to-day contact with them, what local people want from their police.
The election of Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales is crucial. Our judiciary and the police have always remained independent and must continue to do so. We must not allow party political candidates to succeed and compromise our independent police with their party political agendas; this is why I am standing as an Independent.
I therefore pledge to:
- Remain independent of all party political influence.
- Cut crime year on year, and safeguard the interests of victims of crime.
- Deliver effective, visible, and honest policing.
- Fight the scourge of anti-social behaviour by a positive arrest policy and new thinking.
- Radically review all police expenditure, so as to achieve value for money.
- Review the closure of so many of our police stations.
- Build new consultative arrangements so that the needs of local people truly inform policing strategy.
Sarah Russell (Labour)
I’m standing to be Leicestershire and Rutland’s first Police and Crime Commissioner as I believe I have the skills and experience to make this new role work for the people of the force area.
As an assistant mayor for Leicester City Council I am responsible for a £32m budget, lead on community safety, anti-social behaviour and policing issues, chair the city Community Safety Partnership and am part of the Police Strategic Partnership Board for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
I’m proud of my track record of working with the police and other partners to deliver real improvements for local communities to make them feel safer and reduce crime.
As your Police and Crime Commissioner my focus will be on:
l Protecting community policing - ensuring we have visible local teams that know their patch and local people’s priorities.
l Crime prevention – helping communities protect themselves, reducing crime and the fear of crime.
l Victim services – ensuring that victims of crime receive the support they need, listening to and communicating effectively with them.
l Partnerships – with the Probation Service, NHS and local councils to stop duplication of services and direct resources more effectively.
l You – I will ensure I’m accessible and that you have regular opportunities to question me and hold me to account.
If elected, I will work tirelessly with the chief constable to deliver effective police services whilst recognising the priorities of the different and diverse communities in Leicestershire and Rutland.