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A Policeman's lot

September 24, 2012 6:45 PM
By David Goodall in South Central Liberal Democrats Regional Reception, Brighton 2012

Good evening fellow Liberal Democrats, I am David Goodall and I am your Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Hampshire and Isle of Wight.

Many of you know that and know my personal background. However I am aware not all are when after a Community Safety Forum a fellow Eastleigh Councillor said I must be careful when talking to the Police and with confidential information.

So for the record I am a policeman's son, a policeman's brother and I have worked in the national security and defence sector for over 30 years.

I know about confidential information and I know about a policeman's lot.

I know about the problems of a lone bobby on the beat faced with a gang kicking the hell out of a bloke on the ground.

I know about the issue of a single unarmed officer approaching a man fitting the description an armed robber.

I know not because I read a lot of noteworthy reports but because my Dad was the officer facing the gang and my brother was the officer facing the armed robber.

I know about these issues and problems because I have heard about them all my life.

I am involved in this aspect of public life because I want to make a difference.

Public life in this country needs people who care about making a difference for others and not for themselves.

In Hampshire I am facing a independent candidate who is a former Tory councillor, a Labour candidate who was until the last annual meeting chair of the Police Authority that brought a building for £9 million and then took 4 years to decide what to do with it, and finally there is the official conservative candidate called Michael Mates, whoever he is.

My priorities as the commissioner would be:-

  • Neighbourhood Policing - keeping officers on the frontline and building stronger links with the community because that is the best way to tackle all crime.
  • Better & smarter technology - as a chartered engineer I know being smarter with technology is essential. It will get officers out of the station working in the community and deployed in the rights areas to tackle crime.
  • Greater cooperation - working with the community is essential but so is working with the other agencies. The police's main task is law enforcement and it is all our task to prevent crime, to ensure justice for victims and to rehabilitate offenders to stop further crime.

Talking tough is not enough.

Saying I will be tough on crime and tough on the cause of crime is not enough.

I am an engineer at heart I want practical solutions.

I want solutions that work.

So if elected my priority will effective action not ineffective soundbites.

Thank you for listening and have a good evening.