Rachel Rogers (Labour) - Election statement
Rachel knows that crime prevention is the best means of supporting victims. She is committed to ensuring that criminal justice and community safety services reflect local needs, that strategies are based on clear evidence, that the police remain at the heart of neighbourhood policing and that the force remains a public service, not for profit.
Rachel is concerned that the Government’s 20 per cent cuts to policing and the loss of 310 police officers and more than 250 police staff will have a devastating effect on Dorset neighbourhoods. However she believes that Police and Crime Commissioners have a golden opportunity to improve community safety services such as drug and alcohol treatment, youth offending programmes and victim support by streamlining provision, reducing overlaps and bridging gaps.
Rachel has a strong background in criminal justice, in public service and in working with communities. She spent ten years in the prison service, is a qualified teacher, worked as an MP’s researcher and currently works in the field of children’s rights.
Rachel’s priorities are to:
Consult with the public and with community leaders to find out what local people think about crime and policing;
Use the outcomes of that consultation to establish local crime and policing priorities;
Work with professionals to develop evidence-based strategies for reducing crime and supporting victims;
Ensure that the police remain in control of local neighbourhood policing and that policing remains a public service, not for profit;
Improve the way in which Dorset Police communicates with staff, with the press and with local people;
Demand openness and transparency in both actions and decision-making, so that she might be properly held to account by the public and so that she might properly hold others to account.
Prepared by Ray Nowak, Electoral Agent, 79 Lynch Lane, Weymouth, DT4 9DW