THE election for the county's Police and Crime Commissioner will be held on Thursday. We are publishing the candidates' manifestos, ending today with Martin Surl, an independent candidate for Gloucestershire.
I WAS born and bred in Gloucestershire and my family has lived here for generations.
I am standing as an independent because not only do I believe party politics has no place in policing but it is also what many, many people who I have met while out campaigning have told me.
That is why I urge everyone who is entitled to vote, to do so on November 15.
I do not agree with those who say they will not vote because 'we don't need a police commissioner' and I cannot understand why some will vote for one political party representative to keep another party representative out of office.
Please don't spoil your ballot paper, use your vote.
Our police service is too important to use as a means of protest, which is why I want you to vote for the person best able to do the job and this is why I believe I am that person.
I want to make our police more visible and come when we need them.
That means getting the right resource to the right situation first time, on time, every time and dealing with it appropriately and effectively.
It also means stopping the closure of some of our most important stations like Coleford in the Forest of Dean and Barton Street in Gloucester.
I have studied the constabulary's finances and my experience in handling multi-million pound budgets here and when representing the UK abroad gives me every confidence this can be achieved.
I want older people – whether they live in their own homes or in residential care – to feel safe and I want a system that works for young people not against them.
Everyone, whatever their age or background, should be able to use our streets and public places without feeling under threat.
I believe in restorative justice, a system already adopted in Gloucestershire where criminals are given a chance to mend their ways. Those who do not will feel the full force of the law.
As a former officer, I am the candidate with direct experience of policing.
I will not take the place of the Chief Constable but if you vote for Martin Surl on November 15, I will use my power to provide the resources he needs to reduce crime and make our county the best it can be.
To find out more about me and what I stand for, search on Martin Surl at www.policecommissioner.net.