I am John Smith and I believe in strong, inclusive, accountable and visible local policing and keeping politics out of policing.
I am standing in the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election on 7 May 2020 because I believe local people should be able to vote for a credible and experienced Independent candidate. I have been the leader of the local PCC’s team for the last 8 years working closely with Sue Mountstevens and other leaders across Avon and Somerset to deliver positive change for local people.
Why vote for me?
My decisions will be based on listening to local people and will never be influenced by the party-political agenda – unlike other candidates.
Ambitious improvement plans
Increased funding after years of cuts is a great opportunity to improve policing and criminal justice services for victims and local people. I have a track record of working in partnership with the voluntary sector and other key partners on victim support, child protection and reducing re-offending to deliver improved services. I will deliver significant improvements.
My experience has given me insight into the issues and challenges faced by our diverse communities. It has also allowed me to build a strong foundation of trusted relationships with the police and other partners we will need at the table to deliver improvements.
Keep politics out of policing
Policing is too important to be left to party politicians.
However good local party politicians are, they will always be answerable ultimately to party bosses in Westminster.
The PCC role is an important one – it needs someone independent and objective who can work with partners including politicians of all types across the area.
I am, and will remain, independent and will take decisions based on the views of local people and the evidence.
My priorities for Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset 2020
- Tackling knife crime and drug crime including County Lines
- Catching more burglars and reducing burglaries
- Combating anti-social behaviour and cleaning up our streets
- Improving road safety
- Preventing fraud and cyber-crime and supporting victims
- Addressing rural crime and supporting rural communities
- Achieving real diversity, inclusion and representation