Sussex PCC election profile: James Walsh, Liberal Democrats

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James Walsh, longest serving member of West Sussex County Council. Pictured at home  at Tithe Barn in  Rustington. ENGSUS00120130520154902
L21180H13-JamesWalsh - L21116H13-JamesWalsh 200513 LP James Walsh, longest serving member of West Sussex County Council. Pictured at home at Tithe Barn in Rustington. ENGSUS00120130520154902

My top priorities for making our streets safer:

- Safeguard frontline community police and PCSOs

- Cut re-offending

- Focus on crime prevention

- Restorative justice and community service

The current commissioner has already slashed spending by £65m in the last five years, and is cutting a further £12m this year, and £7m to £8m in each of the next three years.

That means 700 fewer frontline police officers and 300 other staff, or one fifth of the police in Sussex!

Police need to spend less time on red tape and computers and more time on the streets. Identifying teenagers before they embark on a life of crime, often to support drug addiction.

Reducing re-offending means focusing on rehabilitation and restorative justice, so criminals pay back victims and the local community. This cuts crime, saves police time and taxpayers money.

I will fight really hard to get a better share of Government funding.

I am a retired Sussex GP with 40 years experience as a district and county councillor, and a former member and chairman of the Sussex Police Authority. I’ll use that experience to be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime through an effective, well-funded community based police force.