Voters go to the polls on Thursday, May 6, where they will decide who becomes their Senedd Members as well as their local Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Six candidates are standing in the PCC election in the Gwent Police force area.
Here are the candidates:
Donna Cushing – Plaid Cymru
I am Donna Cushing and I have been a resident in the Gwent area all my life.
Currently, I am a County Borough Councillor on Caerphilly County Borough Council for Plaid Cymru and a Candidate for the Gwent Police and Crime Commissioner.
One of my first priorities as Commissioner would be to review the Continued Professional Development Training that is given to Police Officers and highlight any gaps there may be.
I’m especially interested in Disability Training, whether it be Physical, Sensory or Mental Health, and that would include Dementia and individuals with Learning Disabilities. These can be hidden disabilities and I would like to ensure that front line staff have the understanding to recognise them and provide the necessary approach to dealing with individuals who have these disabilities.
I have had experience in all these areas either professionally or personally. I worked for a disability organisation and I understand the needs of those who form this part of society.
In my own community I volunteered as a youth worker running a project on Friday Evenings aiming to reduce antisocial behaviour by young people. The project was set up with the help of the police. I have also worked part time with the Council Youth Services. I have come to recognise that not all young people are the same and my eyes were truly opened to realise why some behave the way they do.
I would like to see Police front line staff participate in youth settings without the formality of their profession so that they can see the possibilities of Young People and look beyond their misbehaviour.
I believe in listening to my constituents. It is time for change.
I can be contacted through my Election Agent at 7 Danygraig, Abertridwr, Caerffili CF83 4BJ. Tel: 029 2083 1972
This statement has been prepared by John Taylor, 7 Danygraig, Abertridwr, Caerffili CF83 4BJ
Jeff Cuthbert – Labour and Co-operative Party
It has been a privilege to serve as your Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent since 2016. That is why I’m asking you for a second term because I want to continue our work to make Gwent a safe place to live and work.
A lot has already been done. Since 2016 we’ve appointed about 170 additional Officers and we have plans for more. Together with the Welsh Government’s 101 Community Support Officers, we are building strong neighbourhood policing teams.
I want to develop further the support that we provide for victims of crime, and especially victims of serious violence and domestic abuse. We will continue to invest in these support services.
Our partnership work is highly commended, and rightly so. Whether we’re working with the NHS, or local government, or the voluntary sector, we’re stronger by pooling our resources.
No part of Gwent should feel isolated or ignored. Community cohesion is an important part of my Policing and Crime Plan and will remain so. Every part of Gwent, and each community within Gwent, will be treated fairly and equally. That’s true whether we’re talking about wards, urban and rural areas; or different ethnic and cultural groups.
Similarly, every citizen of Gwent must receive equal treatment under the law and be entitled to respect and personal security.
It’s important to invest in our future citizens. That’s why we created the Mini Police/Heddlu Bach. This innovative scheme encourages primary school children to take a positive interest in their communities and help them to be the good adult citizens of the future.
I want to be able to continue this work for another term but I need your support.
This form has been prepared by Dave Bezzina, Rebecca House, Kingshill South, Hengoed CF82 7GU.
Paul Harley – Independent
People have lost faith in politicians. Police work must be about keeping the community safe, not pursuing political agendas.
The Police & Crime Commissioner should be non-political.
As an Independent, I will keep party politics out of policing and encourage the Chief Constable to deliver a strong, inclusive and accountable Police service.
Everyone who comes into contact with the police should be listened to. The police are accountable to the community – not the other way around.
Some issues I will address are:
- Reducing the cost of the Police & Crime Commissioner
The current PCC has a deputy (paid £55,692) and 17 staff (highest paid £96,657). If elected, I will NOT appoint a deputy and will employ the minimum staff to provide an effective service.
The money saved will be re-directed to the Police budget, to support the service it gives to the public.
- Review the charge on council taxpayers
The police precept has increased 2017-2021 by 3.99% + 3.99% + 6.99% + 6.99% + 5.49%.
I recognise these above inflation increases cause hardship, so I will hold the precept at its current level next year to carry out a full review of income and expenditure.
- Tackling domestic violence
Some women are afraid to report violence from a partner. I will help them to come forward, so that support and protection can be given.
- Better support for victims
Burglaries, thefts etc. should be attended by a Police Officer, plus a Forensics Officer if there is a likelihood of fingerprints or DNA.
- Addressing Anti-Social Behaviour
Those who persist in making other people’s lives a misery by anti-social acts should be put through the criminal justice system.
Vote for a Person, not a Politician
Vote for Paul HARLEY
This has been prepared by Paul Harley, 19 Clipper Close, Newport, NP19 7LL.
Hannah Jarvis – Conservative
I am a hardworking, single-parent with a military background, committed to serving the public. I’m currently a caseworker, meaning I am acutely aware of the current policing and crime issues facing Gwent and have a thorough understanding of public feeling, as well as where significant improvements are needed. I will have an open-door policy and be as accessible as can be to the public. My priorities as PCC will be:
- Dangerous drivers: It’s time to rid Gwent’s roads of those who endanger the lives of others, by putting further investment into our road-safety teams.
- I will give more resources to our Rural Crime Team, to stop criminals seeing isolated, rural areas as soft targets.
- I will invest in increased police patrols, in known areas of anti-social behaviour: I intend to ensure nobody feels intimidated in their own home.
- I will back additional anti-drugs operations in Gwent, to disrupt county lines gangs and stop them exploiting our young and vulnerable.
- I will order a review into the impact of cyber crime in Gwent and commission a Digital Dog – to sniff out electronic devices, providing the necessary evidence to prosecute those who cowardly hide in the cyber sphere.
- I will also commission a review of all police station closures in Gwent.
This form has been produced by Gavin Chambers, of Tan-y-Bryn, Alexandra Street, Blaina, NP13 3JE.
Clayton Jones – Gwlad The Welsh Independence Party
Elected County Councillor and School Governor in 1981. No salary EVER received.
Active within local Police Liaison & Tourism.
Born into a culturally diverse family in the mining industry; his partner’s family are all people born in England who have embraced our society.
Started work in Co-operative aged 14, first USDAW member to withdraw from the political levy. Purchased Shamrock Coaches in 1984. Currently the owner of licensed premises in Caerphilly.
A non-Welsh-speaking Welshman supporting our heritage – his son & grandson have bilingual skills.
Gwlad believes in:
Policing should be by public democratic consent.
R….EESTABLISHING justice. Police priorities should reflect the values of the society that is policed, concentrating on preventing actual harm to people and animals alike – not pandering to the easily-offended.
E….QUAL status for all communities, recognizing their diversity.
E….QUITY is our mission, making Wales better – no different from any other self-respecting Nation
D….EMOCRACY making Wales a fair land of opportunity for all. Northern Ireland and Scotland administer their own laws, why does Westminster reject the same for Wales?
O….PERATIONALLY Wales has four police forces, yet Scotland & West Midlands have just one. The duplication impacts funding, with charges increasing 3.95% in 2021 with three call centres. Administrative jobs should be relocated to policing.
M….AKING youth provision a priority, allowing tagging low risk offenders. Both will require investment.
Published by Kate Louise Parker, The Aneurin Sports Bar, Caerphilly, CF83 2PG.
John Miller – Welsh Liberal Democrats
People should be able to go about their lives without fear of discrimination. However, hate crimes are on the rise and too many people no longer feel safe.
People are crying out for change and desperately want to see more visible policing, particularly in areas that often feel forgotten about.
I will support our hard working, under resourced force to make our streets safer and work with communities to help us tackle big issues like anti-social behaviour and reducing reoffending.
If elected on May 6th, my main priorities will be:
- More visible policing to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, especially in communities that feel left behind in terms of the policing presence. That’s why we will create more PCSOs and police officers.
- Support the victims of crime and witnesses with quality and timely support to help repair harm done and rebuild lives.
- More restorative justice and community sentencing for less serious offences.
- Diverting resources to targeting drug trafficking rather than drug possession offences.
- Tackle hate crime, including by making it easier to report incidents and investing in services.
- Reduce re-offending by working with employers, education & health services to reintegrate ex-offenders into society through access to housing, jobs, apprenticeships, voluntary work & training.
- Halt the use of facial recognition surveillance by police forces until there is greater accountability and transparency around their use.
- Resist draconian and dangerous attempts to subject marginalised communities to even more disproportionate policing.
- Resist attempts to curb our right to protest.
- Publish a strategy on tackling race inequality in the criminal justice system.
Published and promoted by Claire Halliwell on behalf of John Miller (Welsh Liberal Democrats), Hycona, Crown Road, Llanfrechfa, Cwmbran NP44 8UF
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