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Daily Echo Profile - David Goodall

November 9, 2012 2:00 PM
By Bethan Phillips in Daily Echo

David Goodall by the ItchenAge: 50

Address: West End, Hampshire

Political Party: Liberal Democrat

The son of a retired Hampshire police inspector and the brother to a serving officer, Police and Crime Commissioner candidate David Goodall has policing in the blood.

The 50-year-old has produced a manifesto which says he would have three main priorities if he were elected to the £85,000-a-year position.

The first is neighbourhood policing, which he says is about "keeping officers on the frontline and building stronger links with the community". He adds that this approach is "the best way to tackle all crime".

The trained chartered engineer's second priority is better and smarter technology, which he says will "get officers out working in the community and deployed in the right areas to tackle crime".

He supports the use of hi-tech head cameras and live video streaming that, according to a Home Office report, have resulted in reducing complaints against police by 40 per cent and officer time spent on paperwork by 30 per cent.

The third policy top of Mr Goodall's agenda is "greater co-operation". He said:

"Police tackle law enforcement, but team working with the community and other agencies is essential. It's everyone's task to prevent crime, to ensure justice for victims and to rehabilitate offenders to stop further crime."

One of the first jobs facing Mr Goodall if he was elected, would be to appoint a new chief constable, after the resignation of Alex Marshall.

He said: "I would be looking for somebody who is progressive, forward thinking and willing to accept new ideas."

Mr Goodall, who is a councillor on Eastleigh Borough Council and also works at an electronics engineering firm, has told the Daily Echo that he supported the decriminalisation of cannabis and would consider retaining some of the current police authority if elected.
He said: "The most important issue facing the new Police and Crime Commissioner will be how to provide a good police service across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight given the current state of public finances.

"I believe the key is getting value for money by ensuring that police officers' time is maximised doing police work and not paperwork. Good use of technology and a cull of forms will be essential."