On Thursday 5th May this year in addition to the local Council elections in Southend, you also have the opportunity to vote for the Essex Police & Crime Commissioner. Labour has a first rate candidate, in the shape of Chris Vince, standing this time around.
Chris often visits Southend and has been out speaking to people on their doorsteps on many a weekend along with our Labour Campaign Team in the town. Chris has enormous enthusiasm and plenty of energy that he channels into improving the community, focusing on the policing issues that really matter to the public. See his Facebook page – Chris Vince
Here’s Chris in his own words:
Chris Vince for Police and Crime Commissioner: Putting Policing back into the heart of Communities
In the last year violent crime in Essex increased by 14% yet since 2010 the number of Police Officers in the county has decreased by over 500. Our police has been underfunded by the Tories for years, and recent reports from the Her Majesty`s Inspector of Constabulary show that this had a real negative impact on the service we all receive.
If I am elected as Labour`s Police and Crime Commissioner I will focus on tackling the increase of violent crime across Essex and in particular the rise in domestic violence. I’ll do this by working to ensure that we have an effective, efficient and proactive police service that is in the heart of communities, to support victims as well as working to prevent crime. With my background in Education I understand how crime can affect communities and how vital a preventative approach to policing is.
I also want to help support police officers and police staff, who work really hard under increasingly difficult circumstances. That’s why, if elected as Police and Crime Commissioner in Essex, I will work hard to protect frontline policing and ensure that our officers are able to do their jobs and keep our people safe right across the Essex Police area.
Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Essex