Martin Surl, Gloucestershire's current Police and Crime Commissioner has delivered a plan to reduce crime that is ‘long on words but short on action’, says contender Chris Nelson.
“Crime has risen by 35% during his time in office, against a national increase of 23%. He says he wants ‘less crime’ but the facts show otherwise” says Mr Nelson.
This latest plan, published this month, is the fifth Mr Surl has produced and yet again is ineffectual; readers will struggle to find objectives for which he can be held accountable.
Anti-Social Behaviour in Gloucestershire has for years been more than 30% above the national average and currently has the highest rate in the South West. The rate of Residential Burglary is also the highest in the South West.
Last year’s crime figures for the county show that crime has risen 16%, even though crime nationally has fallen by 9%. Anti-Social Behaviour in Gloucestershire has for years been more than 30% above the national average and is currently the highest in the South West. Residential burglary is also the highest in the South West.
“The vast majority of these crimes are unresolved, with no suspect found. Over the last 8 years, our county has consistently suffered from one of the worst rates of rural crime in the whole country. The cost of Rural Crime in Gloucestershire is now increasing at a rate more than four times the national average.”
Martin Surl is quick to point out that we live in a relatively safe county, which explains why he is so complacent about tackling crime, suggests Mr Nelson. His unprofessional approach is illustrated by his failure to bid for Government money to prevent local house burglaries.
Chris Nelson, the candidate for the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire at the local authority elections next May, insists: “Martin Surl is one of the most ineffectual, unprofessional and complacent police commissioners in the country. His plans are not worth the paper they are written on and do not protect us from crime. I would set clear targets to reduce crime so that the public could hold me to account. The sad truth is that there are now more victims of crime in the county because of his poor leadership.”