call to 'protect front-line police services in Burnham-On-Sea
of the candidates running to become Somerset's Police and Crime
Commissioner (PCC) has spoken out this week against cutbacks to
the police force in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
to Burnham-On-Sea.com, Mark Weston said that more needs to be
done to protect police services in the area.
need to protect the front line, that's officers on the beat working
from local police stations, instead of inflating the back office."
"Over the last three years police numbers have fallen but
the human resources team has more than doubled. Police stations
have closed, yet the public relations team has grown by a quarter
and the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) now
costs £100k more than the Police Authority it replaced."
and Somerset is now on its fifth Chief Constable in less than
three and a half years. No wonder the current PCC is relying on
the 'keep politics out of policing' slogan. What we need in Avon
and Somerset is clear, strong leadership rather than hollow catch
phrases dusted off to distract voters from the real issues."
added: "Politics has always been a part of policing. The
PCC has real power to hire and fire Chief Constables, controls
a £270.7 million police budget and sets the local priorities
for policing in Avon and Somerset - spending taxpayers' hard earned
money to keep them safe."
the past the force priorities were set in London and the budget
was set by the Police Authority (made up primarily of elected
Councillors) - the current system changes this - and gives power
to the people to hold their PCC to account at the ballot box."
so it should be. That's why it is so important everyone gets out
and votes on May 5 for this important role. That's why I am standing
as a Conservative candidate."
the choice is clear: vote for a candidate who promises the world
but delivers unsafe streets and wasted money. Or vote for me -
a Conservative PCC - who will work with the Government to deliver
lower crime and safer communities, while providing effective use
already campaigning to save our police stations and custody suites
in Yeovil, Minehad and Burnham-On-Sea. I will make sure your priorities
are heard and reflected in our policing priorities."
way to deliver safer communities and competent management is to
explore collaboration with neighbouring forces - be it back office
roles or joint procurement - as well as combining the latest technology
with traditional policing.
Residents tell me they see rarely see the police patrolling their
neighbourhood, Neighbourhood Watch Groups are being left to wither
away (see final version December 2015 6.3 link), and Speed Watch
volunteers are crying out for support."
debate comes as residents across the Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge
area will go to the polls to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner
(PCC) on Thursday 5th May.
to 'open library office' when Burnham's Police Station shuts
Police Station to close as move to fire station nears
voters set to go the polls to choose police commissioner