My name is Alex Longmore. I would like to apply for the position of Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.
I am 37 (soon to be 38) years old and currently live in Hertfordshire, where I have resided for the past 10 years. I have been a member of the Green Party since 2014 and am actively involved with the North Hertfordshire & Stevenage Green Party.
Why me? I loved being in the police and believe I did some good but with the cuts the current government are making I think the police and the people of Hertfordshire need someone with relevant hands-on experience.
I worked as a Police Officer for 12 years: 6 years in Surrey and 6 years in Hertfordshire. I was also a volunteer Police Cadet for 3 years and a Special Constable for 3 years. This experience has given me a full understanding of all elements of police work, both nationally and locally. I am familiar with policing strategy and budgets. I’m a
believer in 'boots on the ground', not shiny shoes under desks. Being a good police officer takes compassion, tenacity and spirit.
I have led a full life and this has given me many skills which will be put to good use should I be elected. In 2012 I was medically retired from the police. I have multiple clerosis and am now a wheelchair user. At that point in my life I felt I had two choices: roll over and die or stand up (metaphorically speaking) and fight for what I believe in.
I believe it is important to focus on communities. I would look into improving police training (perhaps funds could be saved by getting initial starters to train with Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire forces). I plan to look at the structure of the force and suggest possible alternatives where improvements are needed. I will conduct a survey of Hertfordshire residents to find out what they feel is important for our communities.
I would relish working with the police, agencies, public and the media. I would take a holistic approach to community safety, with the assistance of valuable agencies which help to keep local communities safe and assist victims of crime. I am a passionate person and not afraid to stand up for what is important. I don’t like doing things in a certain way just because it has always been done that way previously. Finding workable solutions is something that comes naturally to me.