Candidate Statement for Robert Teal, Liberal Democrat
In the last few weeks, two scandals have rocked local people’s faith in South Yorkshire. Decent and hard-working rank-and-file officers have been let down by failure at the very top.
I am not part of the Establishment that has let local people down. I have simple principles; the truth, the trust we are entitled to have in our Police, being open with everybody, and doing the things I say I’ll do.
As Police Commissioner, I will launch a transparent independent review into the how trust in the Police can be restored following the Hillsborough cover-up and the widespread abuse of young girls in Rotherham. I want the honest majority of South Yorkshire Police to know I am on their side.
However, I want to go further and put more police on the front line. Currently South Yorkshire Police Authority has a target for just 7 in 10 staff to be front line police officers by 2015.
I would target at least 90% of staff to be bobbies on the beat by 2015.
This can only be achieved by getting tough on unnecessary waste. This year South Yorkshire Police Authority agreed to wasteful projects like spending £100,000 on improving security at police stations and £70,000 reviewing a communications strategy.
I would cut out this waste to divert funding to front line police officers.
As a local retailer, I speak to people every day about their fears and experiences of crime. And as businessman, I know the effect crime has on the local economy and jobs.
There’s never been a more important time to have a voice of the people representing local interests within South Yorkshire Police.
When it comes to voting I naturally hope Rotherham Politics followers will give me their first choice. I also understand that many voters have traditional loyalties that they can’t abandon. If you feel you need to support the party that you usually vote for then I hope you’ll consider giving me your second choice vote: it could make all the difference.
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