Alistair Cameron bids to become new police and crime commissioner
THE latest candidate to join the race to become Gloucestershire's first Police and Crime Commissioner does not want to see anymore cuts to the force.
Liberal Democrat Alistair Cameron promises to rigorously oppose further budget cuts and he believes more budget slashes could threaten public safety in Gloucestershire.
The 52-year-old feels the cuts are also having a massive impact on police morale and feels something needs to be done to improve it.
He believes money could be saved by the force sharing services, such as procurement and training with neighbouring constabularies.
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He said: "Although crime has been generally going down in Gloucestershire, it has gone up in some areas such as burglary and thefts from motor vehicles – these areas need to be tackled.
"The detection rate for crimes such as robbery, domestic burglary and serious crime is only 9.4 per cent, well below the national average of about 20 to 25 per cent.
"I will work with the police to get this improved."
He also wants to see a larger emphasis on victims and wants to make sure they are fully informed at each stage of criminal cases.
Mr Cameron said: "I have been involved with local government for many years and I live talking to people and the more I find out about the role, the more it excites me.
"Some people are very sceptical of the role and it having political inference and I do think if the wrong person gets the job it could be a disaster, but the right person will really be able to make a difference.
"I will take seriously my responsibility to serve all of the people of Gloucestershire, regardless of their political allegiance, without fear or favour. I believe that the operation side of things has to continue to be the responsibility of the Chief Constable and not political.
"I think it is right that the position is democratically elected as the police are a major public service.
"But the boundaries have to be stuck to."
The former Hester's Way councillor, who was a member of Cheltenham Borough Council for 12 years until 1998, fears the turn out for the election on November 15 could be small.
He said: "The decision to hold the election in November was a terrible one and should have been postponed until May to be inline with others. It really is dreadful timing and what makes it worse is nothing is being sent out to households about the candidates and so it is difficult to get the message out."