Labour Candidate to be Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Robin Price, says
“It is important to choose a Labour candidate who will make clear to an increasingly remote Government the effect of cuts to the police service, involving the loss of 780 officers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Crime fell by 43% under the last Labour Government but that record is now under threat. I am talking to our communities about the problems they face and will ensure resources are prioritised to deal with them.
The Government is planning to take the fire and rescue service away from local government and merge it with the police service. This is an attempt to reduce spending on services. The people who work in the two services do not want this. We already have cooperation and sharing of premises between the two services in Hampshire and I oppose this bureaucratic plan.
I have worked as a solicitor most of my life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. I have given free legal advice and worked for Portsmouth City Council. I ran my own firm of solicitors in Ryde which included criminal and family work, and have extensive experience of the courts system.
The Government’s claim that crime is falling is not true of many types of crime.
Some of my priorities would be:
- Put resources into front line policing for community safety and
reducing anti-social behaviour.
- Ensure officers have the expertise to deal with escalating
- Recognise the high cost of rural crime in Hampshire.
- Helping people with mental health problems takes up much police
time. I will campaign for improved mental health services.
- I oppose increased court charges and the reduction in legal aid and
will investigate their impact.