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Police and crime commissioner election: Martin Surl's manifesto

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

  • Candidate: Martin Surl.

  • Plans: Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Martin Surl wants to save stations such as Barton Street, Gloucester (above) and Coleford.

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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.

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  • Glos_Lad34  |  November 16 2012, 12:39PM

    I don't think anyone in England really bothered with this Police Commissioner voting thing as none of my family including me understood what to do, that's why it'll have less turnout as said in the news.

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  • Wazzamatter  |  November 14 2012, 12:10PM

    Why have none of the candidates in Gloucestershire bothered to send out leaflets explaining the reasons why we should vote for them? So far, we've had nothing, at least in the GL51 area of Cheltenham. All we've heard is what has been on the TV, i.e. we will be voting for a police commisioner on the 15th of November. In several other parts of the UK, the candidates have sent leaflets to every household explaining what it is about and why they should be voted for, so at least the public know something about the subject. I know we can find the info on the internet, but there are many people who don't have access to the internet, and even more people who wouldn't have a clue how to find the information even if they have internet access. We did see Martin Surl at the car boot sale at the racecourse on Sunday, but no sign of anyone else. I think this is a complete farce, and I don't expect many people to cast a vote because they wouldn't know what they were voting for.

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  • NibNobs  |  November 13 2012, 9:34PM

    Martin gets my vote, not only is he the only NON-political candidate but unlike other candidates he can be seen somewhere OTHER than the Barton & Tredworth area! I would say it's essential to have an ex-copper in the role! He will know what the police face, the problems and the solutions. Not one of the candidates has knocked on my door or sent me a single leaflet. However, last Saturday Martin was in The Prom in Cheltenham having the guts to stand there and talk to everyone who passed by, and not a single bandwagon of badger culls or Barton police station closure was jumped on.

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  • MrGarnet  |  November 13 2012, 8:22PM

    honslknjklyt We already have a Chief Constable representing the police. As to your comment re the MP it is a good job you have a vote to get rid if you don't like. Or stand yourself and find out how easy it is? I do and always have questioned our MP's sometimes I agree with them sometimes not. That is the wonderful thing about a democracy but unfortunately it is never plain sailing. As an ex squaddie I have seen some rather woeful set ups and prefer our way with all its "faults"

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  • honslknjklyt  |  November 13 2012, 7:41PM

    The whole idea is to appoint some one to represent the people who pay the taxes." Do MPs represent us who pay our taxes? News to me, especially the one we have in Gloucester.

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  • MrGarnet  |  November 13 2012, 6:20PM

    I don not want an ex copper in the job thank you! I want someone who will represent the people of Gloucestershire and not another of the ilk that tell Mps to mind there own business like our former Chief constable to an elected MP. The whole idea is to appoint some one to represent the people who pay the taxes.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  November 13 2012, 12:22PM

    This just goes to show how stupidly this whole thing has been set up If someone has experience in the police - they will protect their own If someone doesn't have experience in the police - they have no clue. I am with the latter, and I think experience is vital. There are too many tiers in this country of mindless regulations where people who are clueless are telling people who know what they are doing what to do and this is part of the country being in a mess. Leave it to the experts. Of course it is job creation, labour did it with the public sector, cameron's doing it with the private sector. There are many businesses now, where things are getting worse for them due to regulation, it was meant to get better.

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  • spindles12  |  November 13 2012, 12:13PM

    As Mr Surl was in the police force for so many years I wonder just how much "sympathy" he has with them still? Is it a good thing to have someone who knows so much about the way the police force works and may, I'm not saying he will, but may not want to rock the boat too much so will not take too many controversial decisions that could cause upset with his old colleagues. He's certainly been the one who has put himself forward the most, followed by that prosecution barrister Victoria Atkins but as for the Liberal candidate Somebody Cameron and Parmjit's wife, there hasn't been much information at all. Who to choose is going to be a hard one. Do I go for the Independant who wants to keep police stations open, especially the Barton Street one or do I go with Victoria Atkins who, I seem to remember, asked what the point is in keeping a huge building with all those rooms and all that maintenance and also wants to get more police out onto the streets. Maybe it's better to have someone who knows lot about the law but hasn't been too entrenched in police ways - decisions, decisions.

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  • honslknjklyt  |  November 13 2012, 11:54AM

    I agree that party politics should have no place in this but this statement is simply Martin Suri's greatest weopon. I accept also he has experience in policing. I still am not going to vote, this is another tier of beuracracy that has been brought in by a governement who said they were getting rid of it, not bringing it in. There is nothing what I have read above about the victims of crime. Where are the victims second chances? They get a slap on the wrist and a chance to rebuild their lives whereas the victims have to try all too often alone to get over it and pick up the bills. Victims suffer and there is nothing in the above that makes me think that the independant candidate has a higher regard for the victims of crime than the criminals who are also seen as victims. I think he is the best man for the job but I won't vote as I think it is an utter waste of time and won't be a part of it. Of course Martin Suri will say otherwise, he wants the job.

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  • kato48  |  November 13 2012, 11:13AM

    I do not know you so I cannot form any sort of judgement and do not wish to do so, but my vote will go to someone who will finally start thinking of the victims of anti-social behaviour when they create hell on earth causing untold damage to personal property, and the victims have to suffer the finacial cost as well as the physical and mental cost. Yes I am one of those Victims. When someone meets words with action to put a stop to this and not just full of broken promises, then I WILL VOTE!

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