Crime role candidate sets out her priorities

This Is Wiltshire: Clare Moody, the Labour hopeful Clare Moody, the Labour hopeful

PROTECTING neighbourhood policing, stamping out hidden crime and boosting the democratic face of policing are among the key priorities for Clare Moody, Labour’s candidate to be Wiltshire’s first police and crime commissioner.

Ms Moody, a south west regional officer at the union Unite, will go up against Conservative Angus Macpherson, of Wroughton , at the county-wide election on November 15. The Lib Dems have yet to announce a candidate.

Directly-elected police and crime commissioners are being brought in by the Government to replace police authorities in England and Wales, and will have the power to hire and fire chief constables and set the force’s budget and strategy.

Ms Moody, who lives in Salisbury, was previously a political officer for Unite and, in this role worked closely with police staff to help inform the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, which brought in the commissioners.

She said a key priority would be to maintain and possibly increase funding for neighbourhood police teams which carry out the community police work in different areas of towns.

“One of the most commented-upon parts of people’s experiences of crime in Wiltshire is anti-social behaviour,” she said.

“The most effective way to deal with this is protecting those front-line neighbourhood police teams because they deal with anti-social behaviour.

“But also a big issue is people’s perception of crime, their fear of crime, and having a public presence of the police is an important reassurance.”

Ms Moody, who once worked in the political office of 10 Downing Street under Gordon Brown, said she would work with other agencies and community groups to ensure that support for often “hidden” crime, such as domestic violence and hate crime against the disabled, is not reduced. She said: “It’s terribly easy in a time of cuts that these are areas that are cut back.”

Ms Moody, who has already started leafleting for the election campaign, said if elected she planned to hold regular public meetings to ensure she is more accountable and public-facing than the existing police authority.

“The role of police and crime commissioner was set up to be the democratic face of the police and it is established that it should be a communication role,” she said.

Ms Moody, who was a Labour Parliamentary candidate for Salisbury in 2005 and a European Parliament candidate for the south west in 2004 said: “It’s essential that whoever is elected as police and crime commissioner will be out there.

“And, while I’ve identified particular community groups, I think it’s important that it’s not an exclusive post.

“I would take it as a fundamental part of my role to be talking to communities, to be out seen doing public meetings, being as visible as possible and as democratically accountable to the voters of Wiltshire as possible.”

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8:54am Wed 5 Sep 12

Ringer says...

Labour? 'Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime'?

The people of this country will never forget those lies from Mr Blair, backed up with a period of over a decade where criminals' rights were enshrined, enhanced and protected whilst ordinary, law-abiding people and the victims of crime were increasingly overlooked, ignored and treated with contempt.

The Criminal Justice System has not been fit for purpose for many years.

Good luck, Ms Moody.
Labour? 'Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime'? [p] The people of this country will never forget those lies from Mr Blair, backed up with a period of over a decade where criminals' rights were enshrined, enhanced and protected whilst ordinary, law-abiding people and the victims of crime were increasingly overlooked, ignored and treated with contempt. [p] The Criminal Justice System has not been fit for purpose for many years. [p] Good luck, Ms Moody. Ringer
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10:43am Wed 5 Sep 12

underdogs says...

NOT a good start Clare Moody !! You state you will work with agencies and others to ensure that support for often hidden crime such as ... hate crime against the disabled is not reduced. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED as a disabled person myself, that MsMoody appears to be unaware that Wiltshire Police have CANCELLED the external media campaign regarding the new Hate Crime procedures ( including the MENCAP stand by me campaign ( that was successfully launched by other forces in JUNE 2011 ! Apparently internal training is 'scheduled' - but who knows when? The REASON for Wiltshire Police not launching these long overdue campaigns is stated as : " .. was due to take place this Autumn; however due to the forthcoming Police Crime Commissionaires?? election, ... we have had to postpone the external campaign." Maybe Ms Moody - or even Mr Mcpherson would make their views on the already long delays, and now postponement of this important launch , known to our local papers ?
NOT a good start Clare Moody !! You state you will work with agencies and others to ensure that support for often hidden crime such as ... hate crime against the disabled is not reduced. I am VERY DISAPPOINTED as a disabled person myself, that MsMoody appears to be unaware that Wiltshire Police have CANCELLED the external media campaign regarding the new Hate Crime procedures ( including the MENCAP stand by me campaign ( that was successfully launched by other forces in JUNE 2011 ! Apparently internal training is 'scheduled' - but who knows when? The REASON for Wiltshire Police not launching these long overdue campaigns is stated as : " .. was due to take place this Autumn; however due to the forthcoming Police Crime Commissionaires?? election, ... we have had to postpone the external campaign." Maybe Ms Moody - or even Mr Mcpherson would make their views on the already long delays, and now postponement of this important launch , known to our local papers ? underdogs
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10:54am Wed 5 Sep 12

RichardR1 says...

In a fair and just society there would be no need for separate legislation or regulation to protect minority or indeed majority groups.

Neither this lady nor Mr McPherson could independently represent the views and wishes of the people of Wiltshire both have clear political ideals, which should disqualify them from standing.

As has been said before putting a £5k price tag on standing means that none but the wealthy or politically backed could afford to put their names forward.
In a fair and just society there would be no need for separate legislation or regulation to protect minority or indeed majority groups. Neither this lady nor Mr McPherson could independently represent the views and wishes of the people of Wiltshire both have clear political ideals, which should disqualify them from standing. As has been said before putting a £5k price tag on standing means that none but the wealthy or politically backed could afford to put their names forward. RichardR1
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7:10pm Wed 5 Sep 12

itsamess3 says...

Personally i would not say any of the candidates were real politicians--just the play at it variety--the farcical play at it types who believe they have all the answers--but at least Mr McPherson has legal experience as a long standing J.P. He will have a working knowledge of Police and crime and is an accountant and understands budget matters.
Personally i would not say any of the candidates were real politicians--just the play at it variety--the farcical play at it types who believe they have all the answers--but at least Mr McPherson has legal experience as a long standing J.P. He will have a working knowledge of Police and crime and is an accountant and understands budget matters. itsamess3
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2:26pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Always Grumpy says...

As soon as I read she was a Unite union representative she lost any chance of a vote from me.
We only have to look at the odious Andy Newman to see how their wooly minded liberal views favour certain sections of society.
Tough on crime? She's having a laugh.
As soon as I read she was a Unite union representative she lost any chance of a vote from me. We only have to look at the odious Andy Newman to see how their wooly minded liberal views favour certain sections of society. Tough on crime? She's having a laugh. Always Grumpy
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