Police commissioner candidate: MALCOLM SPENCER (Ind)

Malcolm Spencer, Notts PCC candidate
Malcolm Spencer, Notts PCC candidate

“As a truly independent candidate I passionately believe that politics and policing should not be combined. The police must be allowed to be free from any political party dogma so that policing can remain completely impartial.

It is vastly important to me that I ensure the concerns of the public are taken into account when developing policing strategies. I will create and develop meaningful forums to engage with all local communities, forging lasting relationships between police and public built on mutual confidence, trust and respect.

Only by working together can we make certain that their aims and mine can be achieved.

I will deliver genuine reductions in crime and anti-social behaviour with the following strategies;

Giving precedence to local policing priorities

Increased crime prevention schemes to reduce crime and disorder

Targeting persistent and prolific offenders - the culture of re-offending must be tackled and reduced, above all, putting the rights of victims first.

My 36 years’ experience in policing gives me a sound knowledge of issues faced in reducing crime and what can be done to improve policing within Nottinghamshire, even with the budgetary cuts imposed on the force.

I will consult with the Chief Constable to examine the current deployment of officers, identifying posts where the knowledge, expertise and above all status of Constable are not an essential criteria of the role.

That role should then, if identified as essential, be carried out by suitably-trained support staff. With careful management of this review I expect that some 100 officers could be re-deployed directly to, or supporting frontline policing within 18 months of taking office, without increasing overall officer numbers.

In public office I consider honesty, integrity and accountability to be central to ensuring that the continued confidence and trust of you the public is kept.”