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I am the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner in May 2021. I am a former Police Officer with 31 years' service in Devon and Cornwall involving spells as a uniform patrol officer Special Branch CID and the Regional and National Crime Squads. I retired as a Detective Chief Inspector and then had a further 16 years with the MOD and NATO mainly in Europe in a security related role.

It is Lib Dem policy to reinstate Police Authorities with elected members which will make local accountability more transparent until then we should compete for this role.

The Police and Social Responsibility Act 2011 has a lot of safeguards to ensure the operational independence of the Chief Constable. The Commissioner has to produce a Police and Crime Plan with the Chief which he or she can be held to account on. The successful candidate will have to swear an oath of independence as he or she will become a public servant.

The main issue confronting the Police Service is funding cuts over 10 years which has led to the loss in the Force of over 500 officers and over 100 PCSO's.

Patterns of crime are always evolving especially those based on the Internet I will base my campaign on hate crime, victim support in all its forms and the protection of the vulnerable in our communities.

Our communities pay for and should expect the best possible policing and whilst the majority of us do not have the occasion to seek the help of the Police those who do are being let down in particular crimes not being investigated and a poor 101 service for contacting the Police. This due to underfunding and it is my intention if successful to restore our policing to what we deserve. Please remember to seek a postal vote through your local electoral service as the COVID-19 crisis may make that the only option to vote.

Contact me by brianblake4pcc@gmail.com or 07864 631902. I have a Facebook site facebook@brianblake4pcc. If you have any local policing issues or suggestions please contact me.

Brian Blake

Brian Blake, Liberal Democrat candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner