I want people to feel safe in their homes, in their parks, on their roads and across the whole community. I believe that the police do a phenomenal job but that they are under strain which is why I have lobbied both the Police Commissioner over the number of vacancies in the Bristol PC establishment strength (and been assured that these are being filled, or will be shortly) and the Government itself over the issue of police funding.
It is also why I fully support the Prime Minister's commitment to recruit an additional 20,000 police officers over the next three years. That will lead to an additional 137 being recruited this year alone.
I want that ‘thin blue line’ out in our communities keeping us safe – a police force supported by local residents, backed up by a robust justice system that is on the side of the victim, not the perpetrator.