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Meet James Sandbach

January 7, 2021 2:05 PM

kgw0Suffolk Liberal Democrats select Justice campaigner as their Police &
Crime Commissioner candidate.


Justice campaigner and former Parliamentary Candidate James
Sandbach has been selected as the Liberal Democrats' candidate for
the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election in Suffolk.


James has been involved in Suffolk politics for several years having been the Lib Dem
Parliamentary candidate in Suffolk Coastal (2015 and 2017) and Central Suffolk and
North Ipswich (2019). He lives in Saxmundham where he is Town Councillor.


Professionally, James has an active background in the voluntary sector, the justice
system and the challenges it faces - over the past 15 years he has worked for leading
national charities Citizens Advice, the Legal Action Group, and LawWorks (the
solicitors pro bono group).


On the upcoming election, James said: - I am delighted to have been selected to be
the Lib Dem PCC candidate for Suffolk. The PCC has an important role
in supporting our fantastic local police force, and ensuring the policing needs of all
of Suffolk's communities are met.


Since I moved to Suffolk, I've been struck by the ever-diminishing emphasis on
community policing - police numbers down, local stations closed, and the thin blue
line stretched far too thinly. I strongly believe that when it comes to fighting crime,
anti-social behaviour and low-level disorder, prevention and deterrence is always
the best approach but to do that well there must be a strong bond between the
police and local communities, accessibility, and a visible presence.
I'm looking forward to talking to communities across Suffolk about their concerns
and my priority will be to fight for better funding and resources to support the
police in the vital work they do in the community."