Promoted by Alan Pawsey on behalf of Chris Jones; both at St Mark's Church Hall, Hall Rd, Norwich, NR1 3HL
Dr Chris Jones
Labour is committed to principles of equality, fairness, and justice. Public safety and crime prevention are central to that, because crime disproportionately affects those who are least able to protect themselves against its consequences. From Magna Carta to the Human Rights Act it is the law, and the Police, that have protected the rights of ordinary people from abuse by the rich and powerful. So Policing and public safety are at the heart of Labour's policies.
That's why the last Labour government introduced Neighbourhood Policing - reintroducing local police at the heart of our communities, and why we invested in 17,000 additional Police Officers and 16,000 PCSOs. Sadly that investment has been squandered, with 18,000 of those posts lost under David Cameron. Labour has opposed successive cuts to Police budgets, and fought against the most recent round of cuts - £2 million from Norfolk's policing budget in 2016-17 alone.
We would do things differently. We understand the need for a visible police presence in our communities and would reverse the decline seen since 2010. It's not only central to the fight against anti-social behaviour, it's where we obtain the intelligence and awareness to tackle serious organised crime and terrorism. HMIC has said that these functions are being "eroded" by the ongoing cuts.
We know it's better to prevent crime than respond to it, so strengthen local initiatives to reduce crime is vital - we will develop better partnership between Police, Probation, health and social care, education, housing and other agencies. Over 20% of Police time is spent dealing with mental health problems - as a psychiatrist I've seen how the system fails vulnerable people with the Police picking up the pieces. We can and must do better.
And after crimes have been committed we need batter support for victims at all stages of the process. Labour supports proposals for a Victims' Act and if elected I will campaign for this.
Labour's policies on policing