Alistair Cameron has been selected as Lib Dem prospective Police and Crime Commissioner

September 21, 2012 8:07 PM

Tewkesbury Constituency Liberal Democrats are delighted that Alistair Cameron has been selected as Lib Dem prospective Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Gloucestershire in the forthcoming election on Thursday 15th November.

Alistair is well known locally and has been highly respected for his campaigning for local people. A Bristol University History graduate, with a background in personnel management and human resources, Alistair has had experience as a councillor at District and County level (including as leader of Cheltenham BC), as well as being Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Tewkesbury at the last General Election.

With a proven track record Alistair would be an able advocate for the residents of the county in this new and demanding post.

Alistair writes as follows

My manifesto for a safer Gloucestershire is set out below

  1. Keeping Gloucestershire Safe

The Police carry out a very demanding and, at times, dangerous job. I will work hard towards ensuring they have the resources to do their work and keep Gloucestershire safe.

2. Reducing Crime

Although crime has been generally going down in Gloucestershire, it has gone up in some areas such as burglary and thefts from motor vehicles. These areas need to be tackled.

3. Better Crime Detection

The detection rate for crimes such as robbery, domestic burglary and serious crime is only 9.4%, well below the national average of about 20 to 25%. I will work hard with the police to get this improved.

4. Support victims of crime

Surveys have shown that overall satisfaction with the police is relatively high. However, only 68% of crime victims are at least fairly satisfied over being kept informed of progress in investigations. This must improve. I am also concerned that, at present, black and minority ethnic victims are less satisfied with the police service than white victims.

Police motorbike

5. Protect Front Line Policing and get value for money

Gloucestershire Police is making £18 million of cuts. This includes the cancellation by the Conservative County Council of their funding for 63 police officers. I want these cuts to be implemented through sharing services with neighbouring police forces and local authorities rather than cutting front line police officers. I oppose further cuts beyond £18 million as this could affect public safety in Gloucestershire. I will review any further proposed police station closures and look at ways of giving people better access to our police service.

6. Working with our local communities

I want to keep Support Officers (PCSOs) to at least current levels so that they can continue their invaluable role of working with both rural and urban communities.

7. Closer working with the voluntary sector

I will work closely with the voluntary sector including victim support, housing associations, neighbourhood groups and Neighbourhood Watch who all make valuable contributions including supporting victims of crime, helping to tackle its causes and to rehabilitate offenders.

8. Working together to tackle crime

I support close working with other public bodies in Gloucestershire such as the Fire and Rescue Service, the Health Service, Local Councils at all levels and the Criminal Justice System to tackle crime as well as the causes of crime.

9. Serving without fear or favour

I will take seriously my responsibility to serve all of the people of Gloucestershire, regardless of their political allegiance, without fear or favour. I will not engage in short term measures to seek publicity which may undermine the police service and the safety of the people of Gloucestershire.

Alistair can be contacted on 01242 584081 or 07901 564616 or by e mail at

Twitter: @AlistairC_LD

PS If you would like to help me in my campaign by delivering some leaflets (there is no free election postage for this PCC election and an enormous area to cover), or in any other way, do get in contact as above. Thank You.