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Mr Angus Macpherson

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CONSERVATIVE Candidate for Wiltshire Constabulary

Angus Macpherson's Manifesto, Views and Vision for Wiltshire

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Introduction

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
I'm a Wiltshire resident with a long record of public service. I have served as a Swindon Borough Councillor, have been a magistrate for 20 years and have been a leading member of Wiltshire Police Authority for seven years. I am a professional accountant in private practice.

What is your vision for policing in Wiltshire?

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
My vision for Wiltshire Police is for it continue to provide a high standard of service against a background of reduced resources. I want Wiltshire to continue to be one of the safest counties in England with a force that gives value for money, respecting the needs all groups of people. However this job is not just about the Police. I want to reduce crime though early intervention, education and the engagement of offenders within the community to reduce re-offending. I want to work with the local authorities to empower stronger communities and engage the public in schemes such as Neighbourhood Watch, Farm Watch,Speed Watch and Street Watch. I want Neighbourhood teams to be embedded within the community they serve. I will be an advocate for victims within the criminal justice system, ensuring that they are central to the process and their needs considered.

Why should people in Wiltshire vote for you?

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
These elections are important and it is important that the person elected has the skills and knowledge to be a commisioner. One of the principal reasons I was chosen to stand is that I have those qualifications. I have been a leading member of the Policy Authority for 7 years, so whilst I would not claim to know everything, I have a considerable knowledge about policing and the police force. I have been a magistrate in Wiltshire for 20 years and have a hands-on knowledge of the criminal justice system . I am also a trustee of several Wiltshire charities, which keeps my feet on the ground. Finally I'm a chartered accountant, and a working knowledge of finance is essential in administering a budget in excess of £100m This is a new position and the person doing the job should be able to "hit the ground running". After all the fist term is only 3.5 years, so there is no time to learn on the job.

Q1. What inspired you to stand as a Police & Crime Commissioner?

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
This job does have the opportunity to "make a difference". In my final six months on the Police Authority I was chaired the transition board, which was charged with getting ready for the new regime. It was apparent to me that by bringing together crime prevention, policing, management of re-offenders, communities and victims under one commissioning regime had great potential for making lives better for all of us in Wiltshire and Swindon, and I would like to bring my skills and knowledge to that forum.

Q2. Why are you qualified to be the Police & Crime Commissioner?

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
At a time of great challenge and change within Wiltshire Police and other public services I can 'hit the ground running'. I have been a leading member of the Police Authority for 7 years and have experience of the complexities of modern policing which will guarantee continuity of governance of the force in these difficult times. I introduced the performance monitoring system has underpinned recent performance improvements. I have experience in researching and preparing a Policing Plan which will be invaluable in writing the much wider Police and Crime Plan now required. I have all the skills required of a Commissioner: a qualified accountant with a background in commerce; a detailed knowledge of policing and police finance; connections with drugs and alcohol services; and wide experience of the criminal justice system. I have established contacts with many of the organisations from which services might be commissioned. I have a long record of public service and have served as a borough councillor, a magistrate in the county and I am trustee of several Wiltshire charities. I have experience in public consultation using surveys, Area Boards and Localities, and meeting MPs, and the Youth Parliament.

Q3. What one thing would you like to change about local policing if you were elected?

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
Strengthen neighbourhood teams and their operational links with partner agencies, embedding them in the communities they serve, whilst maintaining front line officer strength to combat ASB and local crime, funded by exploiting collaborative opportunities with local authorities on sharing premises and back office functions. Putting victims at the heart of the criminal justice process and improve services to both victims and witnesses and work with other agencies to protect the most vulnerable in our society, whilst regularly consulting the public and ensuring effective communication with them that both the PCC and they police serve.

Q4. What would be your top three crime priorities if you are elected?

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
Maintain front line officer strength to combat ASB and local crime, funded by exploiting collaborative opportunities with local authorities on sharing premises and back office functions. Strengthen neighbourhood teams and their operational links with partner agencies, embedding them in the communities they serve. Put victims at the heart of the criminal justice process and improve services to both victims and witnesses.

Q5. What is your most memorable personal experience of policing in Wiltshire?

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
As a member of the Police Authority for 7 years, too many to record. I have been on night patrol and day patrol in all the market towns, Salisbury and Swindon, I've spent time with the forensics team, and nights out with the dogs team and the rural crime team. I've spent nights in the custody suites, and days in performance review meetings. All have confirmed that the majority of police officers and staff join the organisation to serve the community, and I see this role as my contribution to that service.

Q6. How do you view your role in the criminal justice system beyond policing?

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative
In all that is being said about these elections, there is a concentration on the police. I believe that a major part of this role is to put the victim back at the centre of the criminal justice system. We talk about the number of crimes, not the number of victims! I welcome the fact that victims will have the opportunity to have a say what community sentence is give, and I will work hard to ensure that victim impact statements are always put before the court, as well as encouraging restorative justice disposals where appropriate.

Professional Background

Angus
Macpherson
Conservative

What best describes your professional background?

Someone with business experience

Have you worked in or served as any of the following:

Public Sector
Armed Forces
Police
Prisons
Probation
Criminal Lawyer
Judiciary

Have you experience of:

Working with Young People
Working in the Voluntary Sector
Starting or Running a Business