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Police and crime commissioner election: Rupi Dhanda's manifesto

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

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WITH the Police and Crime Commissioner elections on Thursday, the Echo continues to publish the candidates' manifestos. Today is the turn of Labour's candidate, Rupi Dhanda.

LIKE me you probably think, why do we want to elect somebody to run the police?

Unfortunately this government forced these changes through Parliament.

So, on November 15, Gloucestershire residents will elect a Police and Crime Commissioner.

In Gloucestershire the thin blue line is being erased, the cuts will lead to the loss of 120 officers (around 10 per cent of our police force) and a third of backroom staff.

Neighbourhood policing is being eradicated; now they've reduced the 'neighbourhoods' to nine, spanning a population of more than 500,000 people.

Since the Tory-led government came into power, 16 of Gloucestershire's 31 police stations have closed. And another five are set to close very soon.

Are we going to let them get away with cutting our police stations from 31 to just 10?

Maybe you'll settle for a Police Point instead of a station? But you won't be happy if you learn that your Police Point is a desk that gets a fortnightly visit from an officer.

I won't be a cheerleader for these cuts. I will challenge the Government for a better settlement for Gloucestershire – something our MPs are failing to do.

I also want to see our county become a champion for restorative justice.

If you smash up a bus shelter, you should be held accountable for repairing it, and that means paying for it.

I want to work with the criminal justice system to give more victims of crime the chance to explain to the criminals the impact of their actions.

As a lawyer, I am alarmed by the watering down of police independence.

Some constabularies are looking to outsource CID work to the private sector and the government has already shut down the world renowned Forensic Science Service and replaced it with private sector providers that don't have the capacity to do the job.

I believe policing should be for public service – not private profit. My knowledge and experience of the police stems from my work as a partner in a law firm, where I have worked with officers on family law issues for many years.

They tell me how cuts and imposed changes are damaging the force and sapping morale.

Perhaps most importantly, as a working mum and as someone who has lived in this county for a decade, I can't bear to see the damage being inflicted by this government on policing.

Our police officers are not plebs. They are heroes.

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  • GlosYap2  |  November 15 2012, 12:48AM

    Excellent this thread demonstates the farce of injecting politics into policing. The majority of the commentry has nothing to do with the job and everything to do with electioneering (and seemingly a large amount of ratings gaming). Dont be sucked into this LibLabCon game, policing is a job for police - not for politicians, so dont vote to politicise it unless you want the head of Gloucestershire police chasing votes instead of fighting crime!

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  • eyeopener  |  November 14 2012, 6:40PM

    @buffersyeoman "She is not qualified for this post nor does she have any life experience." So what are the necessary qualifications? How do you define life experience? Rupi Dhanda is not only a solicitor, but also partner in a Gloucestershire law firm and as a family lawyer has worked with the Police Federation and acted for many officers. This is in contrast of course to Theresa May the Home Secretary who has only managed to upset the Police Federation, and mishandle high profile terrorist deportations.

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  • Walker100  |  November 14 2012, 6:05PM

    "If you smash up a bus shelter, you should be held accountable for repairing it, and that means paying for it." Rupi, rather than just objecting to my posts how about actually responding to one. From the above are you trying to tell the electorate that the PCC will have an influence on sentencing?

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  • Alphonso2  |  November 14 2012, 5:54PM

    This is about Rupi Dhanda. She's her own person. You are voting for someone who works for rank and file officers and understands the human cost of policing. Local officers need to be based locally. In some cases officers are now based at a "response hub" some 20 minutes drive from their patch. That is the reality of closing local police stations. Would you rather report concerns at a desk in the middle of a busy supermarket or in confidence to a police officer in a police station?

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  • buffersyeoman  |  November 14 2012, 5:42PM

    Let us pray.. She is not qualified for this post nor does she have any life experience. Do not waste your votes. This post is very very important.

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  • a_calm_voice  |  November 14 2012, 5:41PM

    PS Rupi's husband did at least try to save local post offices, his successor has just rolled over and said nothing much more than "oh dear" about the closure of Gloucester's sorting office.

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  • a_calm_voice  |  November 14 2012, 5:38PM

    I wonder if NibNobs has noted what's happening to the Post Office, Royal Mail and the price of stamps now that we have a coalition government?

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