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Candidate for police supremo outlines the role

Tuesday, 30th October 2012.

The Labour Party’s candidate for the upcoming election for a police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, Jane Basham, was in Haverhill yesterday and spoke to Haverhill-UK about the role.

The election is on November 15, but the role is a new one and many voters may be uncertain what it is about.

Jane explained how the commissioner will replace Suffolk Police Authority, and will have powers to hire and fire the Chief Constable, as well as pressurising local government and other agencies on crucial issues connected with law enforcement.

She pledged if elected to hold regular surgeries in Haverhill so people could tell her directly about issues which affected them.

Jane, who has experience working with both the police and prison services, criticised the current police authority policy of cutting resources by 20 per cent, saying she accepted cuts were necessary but this was too far too fast.

She favoured cuts of around 12 per cent. But she also highlighted cuts by other organisations, where she would hope to exercise some influence.

In particular,with regard to Haverhill, she questioned the effect of Suffolk County Council cutting its youth provision in the town.

This was not a statutary duty for it to provide, she said, but the council did have statutory responsibilities with regard to community safety and if there were instances of young people gathering together because they had nothing to do, and this resulted in anti-social behaviour, the police and crime commissioner could take the issue up with the council.

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