I'll ensure victims receive the support they deserve
Labour's candidate for Leicestershire's first elected police and crime commissioner has set out the policies she hopes will win her the job.
Councillor Sarah Russell is highlighting the more widespread promotion of basic crime prevention measures, reducing reoffending by putting extra emphasis on treatment of drug or alcohol addicts.
She has also pledged to maintain neighbourhood policing.
She said: "I do think people are starting to get what this is all about and we've had good numbers of people coming to the hustings we have had so far.
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"They have come along to listen to us and to decide who to vote for or, perhaps, whether to vote.
"The police do an incredible job, but there are so many practical crime prevention measures we can promote, including better home security and even something as simple as urging people to form Neighbourhood Watch groups.
"But also we have to look more at reducing re-offending, including looking at the work we do with people who commit crime because they are addicted to drugs or alcohol – they make up 50 per cent of people in the criminal justice system."
Her five pledges are as follows:
To protect community policing – ensuring the force continues to have visible local teams who know their patch and local people's priorities.
To promote crime prevention measures – helping communities protect themselves, reducing crime and the fear of crime.
To be accessible to the public – by ensuring people have regular opportunities to question her and hold her to account.
To prioritise victim services – ensuring victims of crime receive the support they need, listening to and communicating effectively with them.
To form partnerships with organisations such as the Probation Service, the NHS and local councils to stop duplication of services and direct resources more effectively.
The police commissioner, who will be paid £75,000 will replace the police authority, which has set police budgets, appointed senior officers and scrutinised the force's performance.
Control over operational matters will remain with the chief constable.
The Conservatives are represented by former Air Chief Marshal, Sir Clive Loader.
Leicester community worker and businessman Suleman Nagdi is standing as an independent.
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