Retired policeman and Eastbourne Borough Councillor resigns to stand as an independent candidate for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner.
A former senior policeman and Eastbourne resident, Nigel Goodyear believes that Police and Crime Commissioners should only have one mandate – from the people that they represent. And he has put his money where his mouth is, and resigned as a councillor and has resigned from the Conservative Party to fight the campaign as an Independent Candidate.
â€œWhen the Conservative party first talked about the role of the the new Police and Crime Commissioner and the part that such a person would play in modern policing I was intrigued and excited. I am a recently retired police officer who has spent 34 years in front-line policing both here and in Australia. I have seen up close up the damaging effects of the creeping control from the centre, due to the abandonment of local police committees and the relentless strand-by-strand severing of the umbilical cord that should exist between police and public.â€
â€œThis connection between the police and the public was a basic principle set down by Sir Robert Peel in 1829 and was drummed into me as a young constable in training. While these principles have stood the test of time, the reality has not always measured up.â€
â€œThe Conservative Partyâ€™s proposal envisaged the replacement of the existing â€˜invisible and unaccountable police authoritiesâ€™ and to make the police accountable to a directly elected individual who will set policing priorities for local communities. This individual would be responsible for setting the budget and the strategy for local policing, with the police retaining their operational independence.â€
â€œMinisters were quoted as saying that they hoped to see local independent persons of good standing coming forward. I welcomed this and looked forward to seeing prominent local personages entering the contest. Sadly, the reality has been somewhat different.â€
â€œInstead of those local independents, in the main we have seen a procession of time-served national and local politicians, of all stripes, announce their candidacy. This immediately politicises a new and vitally important change in policing and condemns it to the clammy and uncertain grip of politics and politicians from the start.â€
â€œFrom such a promising beginning we have arrived at the dismal point at which, a good reform, which is supposed to be about the relationship between the public and the police is being hijacked by partisan politics. And we havenâ€™t even started the process yet!â€
â€œI find this prospect so unappealing and believe that the vast majority of the public feel the same, I have decided to make my own position crystal clear. Yesterday I resigned from my elected position on Eastbourne Borough Council. My Conservative Party membership lapsed last month and I did not renew it. I intend to stand as an independent candidate in the forthcoming election for Police and Crime Commissioner for the Sussex Police area.â€
â€œI will be releasing my manifesto via my website -
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