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Fighting Crime - Locally

The Liberal Democrats are often accused by our opponents of being soft on crime. This could not be further from the truth. Liberal Democrats up and down the country detest crime as much as any other Political Party or any other law abiding person.

The difference is Liberal Democrats across the country look for practical solutions that actually work to tackle crime in their local area, many of the these ideas are applicable only to that area, however some are more widely applicable and they have become best practise.

Here are just a few examples from around the country

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  • Article: Nov 15, 2012

    Over the past few weeks I have answered hundreds of email questions. Here is a selection of some of them to help you answer the question of who to vote for today:-

    Can you promise not to privatise Hampshire police services?
    Answer:- Yes for any Police Officer or police staff service, but I don't yet know what contracts the current Police Authority have already entered into.

  • David Goodall by the Itchen
    Article: Nov 15, 2012

    Dear Electors of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight,

    The election for the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is today.

    Normally in elections of this size candidates are allowed to have a FREEPOST mailing to each household. In this election this has not been allowed, a step which really hinders the proper democratic process. The only real alternative to reach the very wide electoral base of over 1.4 million people is the internet, radio and TV. This is the reason for this email, website, facebook and twitter campaigns.

  • Protecting Vulnerable Women
    Article: Nov 9, 2012

    Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight David Goodall, says:

    "I believe that everyone has the right to live their lives free from the fear of physical assault."

    "I am proud that Liberal Democrats have put protecting vulnerable women at the top of the Coalition Government's agenda too.

  • David Goodall by the Itchen
    Article: Nov 9, 2012
    By Bethan Phillips in Daily Echo

    Age: 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.

  • David Goodall's manifesto
    Article: Nov 8, 2012

    Following last evening Police Elections 2012 programme on BBC I thought it was worth highlighting a couple of points from my manifesto. I plan to have open meetings at which the public at attend and make comment, as well as allowing members of public to become scrutiny panels members too.

    To me this is the natural way that meetings should be run, so no formal closed meetings with me as commissioner.

  • David Goodall by the Itchen
    Article: Nov 4, 2012
    By David Goodall

    This is a critical question as we have no truly independent candidates in Hampshire. Even the independent candidate, is a former Conservative leader of New Forest District Council, is only standing as an independent because Michael Mates beat him in the nomination race for the Conservative Party.

    The Liberal Democrats wanted to fill the democratic deficit of a Police Authority, that could set taxes and policy yet be not accountable to anyone, by directly electing the Police Authority, using a single transferable vote (STV) system. This would have reduced the affect of party politics in the main make up of the authority, whilst at the same time filling the democratic deficit. However, that argument did not win the day within the coalition, so we are now contesting Police and Crime Commissioners elections.

    The single post of the Police and Crime Commissioner means that one party will have absolute control of the position. This means only one viewpoint. So to counter act this I plan to have a series of advisory panels that will be balanced before in both terms of their equality and political nature. This is the practical step that I will take, in addition to the formal one of the oath of impartiality that all PCCs will be required to swear when they are elected to office.

    The swearing of an oath will be an important symbol of impartiality, emphasising both the significance of this new role in local communities and that PCCs are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate. But I believe it is the practical step that is more important - actions speak louder than words.

    I am standing as a Liberal Democrat because that label best fits my own political views. I believe when standing for elected office it is best to use a label which is an honest reflection of your outlook, see my speech on this:-

  • Cllr David Goodall & Tom Brake MP, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons discuss the Trusted, Professional, Effectiive - British Policing at its best - a policy produced by the Lib Dem Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs and Justice he Co-chaired
    Article: Nov 2, 2012

    The Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, David Goodall recently met Rt. Hon. Tom Brake MP, to discuss his booklet on policing entitled "Trusted, Professional and Effect: British policing at its best".

    Tom Brake from June 2010 was Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Policy Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equalities. Tom co-chaired the committee alongside Baroness Hamwee and Lord Thomas of Gresford OBE QC until September 2012, since when he has been Deputy Leader of the House of Commons.

  • Openess & honesty with money is vital
    Article: Oct 28, 2012
    By David Goodall

    All candidates should publish past salary, tax and expense information received from elected public office and, if elected, they should promise to continue to publish this information.

    Prior to the last general election, the MPs' expenses scandal shocked many and made many people, including myself, feel extremely angry. I was very annoyed that people we should all trust beyond reproach with their financial dealings had been found wanting.

  • EU - UK cooperartion benefits us
    Article: Oct 16, 2012

    The four main Benefits of EU Police & Judicial Cooperation to the UK are:-

    • 1. European Arrest Warrant (EAW)
    • 2. Europol
    • 3. Eurojust:
    • 4. Joint Investigation Teams (JITs):

    There are a number of other very useful measures including Effective Customs Cooperation, European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), Mutual Recognition of Financial Penalties, Prisoner Transfers, The Schengen Information System II, Simpler & Faster Information Exchange, Psychoactive Drugs information exchange, European Police Training College, Networks, European Image Archiving System, Mutual Recognition of Supervision Measures, Trials in Absentia, and Conflicts of jurisdiction in criminal matters.

  • European Arrest Warrant
    Article: Oct 16, 2012

    Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner candidate David Goodall has challenged Conservative candidate Michael Mates to back measures that help local police catch criminals who flee overseas, tackle cross-border crime and kick out foreign criminals convicted in the UK. These measures have been hugely successful in recent years in breaking up paedophile rings, preventing terrorism and bringing criminals who flee across borders to swift justice.

  • Apprenticeship Good for Business
    Article: Oct 12, 2012

    New figures show that in Hampshire and Isle of Wight over 6500 more people started an apprenticeship last year in the last year of the previous government. This is an increase of 59% since the Coalition Government came to power.

    Commenting on this, Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate David Goodall said:

  • Article: Sep 24, 2012
    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.

  • Operation Kraken
    Article: Sep 21, 2012

    Project Kraken-Hamble River scheme is proving a great success in tackling crime on the River Hamble since it was launched in February this year.

    The scheme was launched by the Hamble Safer Neighbourhood Team working with Eastleigh Community Safety Partnership. One of the key aims is to raise awareness as well as promote best practice and crime prevention on the River Hamble as crime is often under reported in the marine community.

  • Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary
    Article: Sep 19, 2012

    Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight David Goodall has met with the HMIC's Inspector for the Hampshire Constabulary Zoë Billingham to discuss how the HMIC works with the force to improve policing and how they plan to work with the new Police and Crime Commissioner.

  • Cllr. Duwayne Brooks
    Article: Sep 18, 2012
    By Cllr Duwayne Brooks, Liberal Democrat lead on the LGA Safer Communities Board in Fighting Crime - Locally by the Lib Dem LGA group

    Introduction

    With the elections of Police and Crime Commissioners in November, I felt it was timely to remind people of the contribution local councils and councillors can make to fighting crime and creating safer communities.

    Having led for the Liberal Democrats on the LGA Safer Communities Board, I felt it was important that the views of our councillors were heard very loudly. After all, it's local Lib Dem Councillors who will know their ward and community far better than any elected Police and Crime Commissioner will ever do.

  • Cllr. Duwayne Brooks
    Article: Sep 18, 2012
    By Cllr, Duwayne Brooks, London Borough of Lewisham in Fighting Crime - Locally by the Lib Dem LGA group

    Since the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act became law in September 2011, one of the LGA's priorities has been to help with the establishment of police and crime panels in England. They can be made up of between 10 and 18 councillors as well as two independent members.

    The Act creates police and crime panels to hold police and crime commissioners to account, and gives them certain powers to do this:

  • Cllr. Lynne Stagg
    Article: Sep 18, 2012
    By Cllr. Lynne Stagg, Portsmouth City Council in Fighting Crime - Locally by the Lib Dem LGA group

    Lib Dem Portsmouth City Council decided some years ago that action to fight crime must be evidence-based and that all members of the Safer Portsmouth Partnership (officers, councillors and other organisations) must work closely together. Staff from outside agencies are co-located within the council offices alongside the Community Safety team. Rigorous scrutiny and research are carried out in order to be sure that the services provided are the right ones -including working with Portsmouth University.

  • Cllr. Lisa Brett
    Article: Sep 18, 2012
    By Cllr. Lisa Brett, Bath and North East Somerset and Lib Dem member, LGA Safer Communities Board in Fighting Crime - Locally by the Lib Dem LGA group

    Nationally, the police estimate that they get a call every minute from someone who is a victim of domestic abuse.

    Local authorities have a key role to play in increasing awareness of domestic abuse and promoting early intervention.

    Victims of domestic abuse often suffer in silence and frequently require considerable support to regain self-confidence and control of their lives. Local Authorities must be aware that domestic abuse can happen between people of all ages, cultures, sexual orientation, religion and classes. People who suffer this kind of crime often stay with the perpetrator for years for a wide range of reasons. Occasionally perpetrators have more than one partner, and move around staying in different homes, creating a number of victims from a single source of abuse.

  • Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed
    Article: Sep 18, 2012
    By Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed, Leader of the Opposition, Sheffield City Council in Fighting Crime - Locally by the Lib Dem LGA group

    The Community Justice Team (CJT) has been in operation in Sheffield since May 2009 and was a Liberal Democrat initiative in the city led by Cllr Paul Scriven, then council leader, following the pioneering work carried out in Somerset. The team consists of a Community Justice Team Coordinator (paid employee of Sheffield City Council) and 40 Volunteer Facilitators. The volunteers are recruited, selected, trained and mentored by the Coordinator. The Coordinator and Facilitators use Restorative Justice to resolve disputes and repair harm. The service is victim focussed but involves liaising with both victims and wrong-doers, together with their supporters, to come to a satisfactory conclusion. In essence, the victim drives the process.

  • Cllr Anita Lower
    Article: Sep 18, 2012
    By Cllr Anita Lower, Newcastle City Council and Lib Dem member, LGA Safer Communities Board in Fighting Crime - Locally by the Lib Dem LGA group

    Under the Liberal Democrats, we made sure that Newcastle City Under the Liberal Democrats, we made sure that Newcastle City Council took tackling Anti Social Behaviour seriously, adopting a 'Victim Approach To Anti-Social Behaviour'.

    The background to adopting this approach was the Pilkington family, an infamous case which involved a woman tragically killing herself and her daughter, as a result of the family being subject to persistent incidents of hate crime and ASB.