Philip Wilkinson's policies
Statement to voters
As your Police and Crime Commissioner I will be tough on the causes of crime and prioritise crime prevention.
I will be robust in my pursuit of all criminals and supportive and compassionate with the victims of crime.
Over the last few weeks, I have listened to councillors, community leaders, residents and businesses right across the county to help produce my clear six priorities to deliver better policing which are:
1 More police on our streets. The government has pledged to recruit 20,000 more police officers by 2023, and has already recruited over 6,000. I want to see Wiltshire get its fair share, with more frontline officers on our streets keeping the public safe.
2 Combat rural and agricultural crime. Using the latest technology we can tackle this growing threat to farmers and the rural community. Drones and more CCTV will give police the edge in covering large rural areas.
3 A focus on tackling low-level crime, and fighting organised, violent crime. Communities and police working together can address low-level crime and anti-social behaviour before it escalates to more serious offences.
4 Visible policing. A community presence in areas such as schools, community groups, and online meetings will ensure a long-term reduction in serious crime. Growing up on a council estate in Newbury I saw how effective neighbourhood policing can be.
5 Pet theft has risen during the pandemic. I’ll work with the Government to introduce tougher penalties and recognise the seriousness of the problem. Tougher sentencing will act as deterrent to this awful crime.
6 As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I’m your connection to the local police, and your voice on policing priorities. I will make sure your money is spent on more police, not bureaucracy, making Wiltshire and Swindon a safer place to live.
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