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John Smith

John Smith is an independent candidate in Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset.

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Statement to voters

    John Smith is running as an independent candidate for Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner.

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    As an independent, John has vowed to keep the party politics out of policing and if elected, would only answer to Avon and Somerset residents, not to any politicians in Westminster.

    His independence, experience, and proven track record as former Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner and the PCC’s Chief Executive in Avon and Somerset make him the best choice for the next Police and Crime Commissioner.

    It is his experience, not politics, that will help to keep Avon and Somerset safe, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and as normal life returns. Having lived in the area for 20 years with his wife, three children and dog, Evie, he has a deep understanding of the area and the issues people and businesses face.

    John’s priorities reflect his experience and engagement with communities across the diverse Avon and Somerset area. His priorities cover inner city crime as well as the concerns of people from more rural areas:

    · Supporting the police to enforce the COVID-19 regulations appropriately so we can get back to living normally as soon as possible

    · Tackling knife and drug crime

    · Catching burglars and reducing burglaries

    · Protecting the most vulnerable in society and supporting victims

    · Combating anti-social behaviour

    · Championing Avon and Somerset to become the most inclusive police force in the country

    · Improving road safety

    · Preventing fraud and cyber-crime

    · Addressing rural crime and supporting rural communities

    · Working in partnership to address business crime

    John has played a key role in several significant achievements during his career working with Avon and Somerset Police. The force is currently ranked one of the top five forces in the country by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services and has achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating for efficiency. He has a proven track record of bringing together organisations from across Avon and Somerset for the benefit of residents. This is especially important in a PCC role, as many of the problems the police deal with need many local organisations to tackle them.

    Examples of John’s ability to bring together local services to best serve local people include:

    · Setting up five joint teams comprising police, local authorities, schools and health colleagues from across Avon and Somerset to focus on reducing knife crime amongst young people;

    · Working with local NHS groups to address important shared problems such as domestic abuse, mental health and sexual violence; and

    · Leading the team which jointly commissioned a service to identify and protect victims of child sexual exploitation across the area.

    If elected, John will continue to use his experience to show leadership and challenge local partners and political parties to work together to address the issues that local people have told him they care about.

    As an independent, John is the only candidate that can keep the party politics out of policing and as the next Police and Crime Commissioner the safety of all local residents would be his first and only priority. John’s full manifesto can be viewed on https://www.johnsmith4pcc.com/.

This statement was added by John Smith, their team, or by a Democracy Club volunteer, based on information published by the candidate elsewhere.

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