Labour candidate for Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner role vows to fight police cuts

The Labour candidate vying for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk has vowed to fight cuts to the county's police force if elected by the public.

Rallying in Lowestoft on Saturday, Jane Basham promised to take a tough stance on anti-social behaviour, oppose privatisation of the police force, and buck against the government's 20pc cuts to policing.

Speaking from her stand on London Road North, Ms Basham said: 'I used to be a personnel manager at Suffolk Police. I have an understanding of the organisation.

'I was the former chief executive of the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality, so I am used to holding the police to account when things go wrong.

'We have a great police service, but it needs to be more accountable to citizens in Suffolk.

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'I want a more victim centred approach to delivering the police service. If you think about the male violence against women there is often repeat offending.

'If you listen to victims and act early then we can prevent offending.

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'I care very much about equality issues – communities need to be policed fairly.'

Suffolk Police Authority is to be replaced by a new elected Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner. The role carries with it the power to set priorities for the force, hold it to account, and to hire and fire the chief constable.

Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected across England and Wales on November 15 2012.

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