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Suffolk - a safer County

March 29, 2021 10:19 AM

m82s (Photo by Bruno Martins on Unsplash)Today we complete our review of the Liberal Democrat Manifesto for Suffolk with a look at our policies for the Police and Crime Commissioner. elections which take place at the same time as those for the County Council. Our candidate is James Sandbach

To make Suffolk a safer county, it is essential that the Council works hand in hand with the PCC to ensure the Police and Crime Plan reflects the needs of all of Suffolk's communities, prioritizing frontline community policing. Years of Tory police cuts have put community safety at risk with the reduction in police numbers, PCSO cover and front-counter police station services across Suffolk.

The wider justice system has also suffered in Suffolk; the closure of the Magistrates' Courts in Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds has left the county with only one courthouse in Ipswich, and Suffolk has become a legal aid advice desert.

A Liberal Democrat Police and Justice plan for Suffolk will:

• Redirect significant resources towards community policing and the visibility of police within communities; a third of all new officer posts
should be PCSOs.

• Fight for fairer funding from the Home Office for Suffolk's police force this needs to be delivered before further precept rises are agreed

• Encourage local restorative justice schemes, working with the police and mental health services on diversion from court, and pilot multi-agency initiatives that can work with Town Councils to use their premises and
community networks for establishing local restorative justice panels. The PCC's restorative justice strategy will have victims' rights at its heart.

• Deliver an integrated plan with Suffolk Highways for tackling road safety and speeding issues and working with Councils across Suffolk to review how well new parking enforcement arrangements are working.

• Work with the County Council to establish a Community Justice Partnership of local justice agencies, including Magistrates Courts, legal aid and advice providers like Citizens Advice, victims support and
domestic violence help organisations to a develop long-term vision and strategy for the improvement of the justice system in Suffolk.

If you would like a copy of the manifesto "Getting Suffolk Back on its Feet" that we have covered over the past week you can download a copy here