In profile: UK Independence Party police and crime commissioner candidate David Moreland
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Police and crime commissioner elections will be held for a second time on May 5. UK Independence candidate David Moreland set out his vision for the job.
QWith cuts to the central government policing grant, should Norfolk taxpayers see further increases to their council tax bill in the years ahead beyond those already planned?
AIf the public demands more policed activities and cost is the issue then yes: nothing is free and only so much can be achieved by reorganising, cost cutting and efficiency drives.
QThe home secretary has indicated she would like to see more powers handed to police and crime commissioners, such as control of fire services. Would you like to see the PCC given more powers? If so, which ones.
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ANo. The PCC's role is about policing, not as a general factotum manager to save the Home Office money. Done properly the PCC can make great strides in helping the police services to focus on what the public wants, but not if his or her efforts are being diluted with extraneous extra roles.
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Q What will you do in the job day to day? Where will you be based?
AFollowing the generation of the Police and Crime Plan, a calendar of actions will be prepared, some of which will directly apply personally to the PCC's daily activities. Other daily actions will include meeting police officers and officers of other concerned bodies where operational impacts will be discussed. The surgeries mentioned earlier will also generate issues that must be attended to. From my assessment of the role there will not be much uncommitted daily time left for dalliance.
I'll be based in Wymondham.
QYou will have significant other resources to be used to fund initiatives and services designed to prevent crime and improve community safety. How will you decide how to cut that cake?
AThe concerns of the Norfolk people about crime statistics/facts on the street will decide where resources must be deployed and performance monitored. The 'significant other resources' will be a necessary addition to the task of fulfilling the PCC's role of helping the police service satisfy Norfolk people's worries about the day-to-day impact on them of various criminal activities.
Q What do you plan to be your main contribution to improving the performances of the services that you will lead, fund or influence?
A To ensure that public concerns are the driver of resource focus and to bring the police force and the Norfolk public closer together. After all, we're all on the same side.
Q What do you see as the biggest crime issues facing the region?
A Organised crime and child sex exploitation. Also anti-social behaviour in all its noxious forms: Norfolk people should be able to go about their lawful daily lives without hindrance or fear from street criminals, aggressive beggars, yobs or drunkards or of having their hard-won homes broken into or vandalised. Rural crime and fly-tipping is also an area that must not be forgotten. Clearing up fly-tipped mess costs the council taxpayer/landowner dearly.
Q Given the closer cooperation between Norfolk and Suffolk, is there a case for a single PCC for both counties and if the three county devolution package unfolds will the PCC's role need to be altered?
A The PCC role will of necessity grow as cooperation between counties increases, but if the three county devolution package comes to fruition the whole funding system for PCCs will change, as will their essential relationship with the county chief constable. So yes, the PCC role will have to be re-visited.
Q With scarce resources are there any current services the police provide which you believe they could or should stop doing?
A There are many, but attending to welfare to try to stop re-offending – this should not be a police responsibility. Armed response to terrorism across East Anglia should be a military function.
Q How important do you think it is to the public that there is a visible police presence on the streets and do you believe under your watch you can maintain that?
A Essential and, yes, as a priority.