Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Patience Awe: I’ll represent people without being biased

Independent candidate Patience Tayo Awe

Independent candidate Patience Tayo Awe

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter, also covering Barton and Wood Farm. Call me on (01865) 425427

This week we profile the candidates for the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner post ahead of this month’s election. Today we question Independent candidate Patience Tayo Awe, from Reading

Relevant experience: I finished my first degree over 20 years ago, completed my Masters in Information Technology postgraduate degree 12 years ago and became a registered project manager practitioner in 2004.

I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.

I am also a trustee, on the board of RVA, a charity that supports Reading’s voluntary and community sector and provides advisory services and training.

Why Oxfordshire should vote for me: I will be able to represent you impartially without being hindered by conflicting national political party policies or undue influence from party linked pressure groups.

I am an inspirational and results-driven person who is passionate about people, justice and serving the community.

Which crimes in Oxfordshire and Oxford city will you prioritise?

Burglary, domestic and sexual violence and antisocial behaviour.

How will you prevent more crime?

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By addressing not just the drug and alcohol-related crimes but the underlying problems and causes of crime. Ensure more police presence in the streets and effective monitoring of existing CCTV systems.

How will you solve more crime?

Tackle the real issues around troubled families.

Deal with causes of crime, offer treatment, educate and get repeat offenders preoccupied with productive activities.

Adopt the new swifter justice for victims initiative reasonably.

Where in Oxfordshire and Oxford city would you spend more money?

I would, if I could, address causes of crime, in order to reduce the crime rate and provide mental treatment for those who require it. I would also boost police morale in Thames Valley, if possible.

Where do you see opportunities for the force to save money in Oxford and Oxfordshire?

By streamlining processes so officers can work efficiently, and by working in collaboration with voluntary and community safety partnerships, Crimestoppers, statutory agencies and the public.

How would you ensure budget cuts do not lead to crime rising?

Adopt a business improvement strategy that will enable officers to provide effective and efficient policing. Ensure visible police presence and effective CCTV monitoring.

Work in collaboration with other forces, for example, having a joint firearms and dog handling unit, ICT consolidation. Also with voluntary and community safety partnerships and the public.

How important is the police’s relationship with the public and how will you develop this?

My policing approach is policing by consent, with accountability to the people, so mutual trust is very important. I will be flexible in terms of communication channels, also use digital technology to engage with the youth, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, video links and online media.

Thames Valley is a large area, how will you make sure Oxford is represented?

Oxford is ethnically and culturally diverse. If elected, my collaborative skills will be used to engage with all appropriate partnerships and sectors to get the job done.

How will we be able to measure your success after your first 100 days?

Being able to reach people across the Thames Valley. By initiating community engagement with the various community safety partnerships, Neighbourhood Action Groups, local councils and statutory agencies.

A Police and Crime Commissioner will be elected in the Thames Valley for the first time on Thursday, November 15.

The £85,000-a-year post’s responsibilities include setting the police force’s budget and priorities.

They will also have the power to appoint and dismiss the chief constable.

The winner will start work on November 22. Elections will be held every four years.

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2:29pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

A little bias against criminals wouldn't go amiss Ma'am. Moreover whilst burglary and anti-social behaviour, being "stranger crimes" are obviously very close to people's hearts I think most would then be concerned more about the other forms of stranger crimes, like vandalism and theft rather than the other 2 categories you prefer. Strange you should say " without being hindered by conflicting national political party policies or undue influence from party linked pressure groups. " because those 2 categories are incredibly highly charged by left wing politics and "Movements". Why for example does CPS think there's any public interest in prosecuting a high class brothel keeper-no trafficking , just rich and keen volunteers-unless it's because Harman made a massive political issue of the enforcement of 19th century statutes?
Anyway good luck but whether it's you or Mr Howson, I hope it'll all be forgotten about when the 4 years ends
A little bias against criminals wouldn't go amiss Ma'am. Moreover whilst burglary and anti-social behaviour, being "stranger crimes" are obviously very close to people's hearts I think most would then be concerned more about the other forms of stranger crimes, like vandalism and theft rather than the other 2 categories you prefer. Strange you should say " without being hindered by conflicting national political party policies or undue influence from party linked pressure groups. " because those 2 categories are incredibly highly charged by left wing politics and "Movements". Why for example does CPS think there's any public interest in prosecuting a high class brothel keeper-no trafficking , just rich and keen volunteers-unless it's because Harman made a massive political issue of the enforcement of 19th century statutes? Anyway good luck but whether it's you or Mr Howson, I hope it'll all be forgotten about when the 4 years ends Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 1

2:35pm Fri 9 Nov 12

snert says...

More PR bilge
More PR bilge snert
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

'I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.'

Can't you stay in a job very long then, why is that, shows a definite lack of commitment.

More complete rubbish from another equally unqualified candidate.
'I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.' Can't you stay in a job very long then, why is that, shows a definite lack of commitment. More complete rubbish from another equally unqualified candidate. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -1

3:02pm Fri 9 Nov 12

livid99 says...

Repeat offenders do not need to be " preoccupied with productive activities", they need to be locked up until they learn their lesson.
Also, I'm not interested in Officers who are able to use Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Thats trivial and not important. What is important is catching the scumbags who make life miserable for the law abiding people, and making sure they are prosecuted and sentenced effectively. Once all this has been successfully achieved, then if they want to Tweet about it, fine.
Repeat offenders do not need to be " preoccupied with productive activities", they need to be locked up until they learn their lesson. Also, I'm not interested in Officers who are able to use Youtube, Facebook and Twitter. Thats trivial and not important. What is important is catching the scumbags who make life miserable for the law abiding people, and making sure they are prosecuted and sentenced effectively. Once all this has been successfully achieved, then if they want to Tweet about it, fine. livid99
  • Score: 4

3:04pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Lord Palmerstone says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
'I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.'

Can't you stay in a job very long then, why is that, shows a definite lack of commitment.

More complete rubbish from another equally unqualified candidate.
Sandy, there is no "qualification"
because (a) it's a new job and
(b)It is a very bad political initiative and nobody is ever going to be able to do it and it will fade away like Blair did: though I hope it doesn't leave behind a toxic Cheshire Cat rictus as he has done.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: 'I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.' Can't you stay in a job very long then, why is that, shows a definite lack of commitment. More complete rubbish from another equally unqualified candidate.[/p][/quote]Sandy, there is no "qualification" because (a) it's a new job and (b)It is a very bad political initiative and nobody is ever going to be able to do it and it will fade away like Blair did: though I hope it doesn't leave behind a toxic Cheshire Cat rictus as he has done. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Darkforbid says...

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http://www.rva.org.u k/home.php Darkforbid
  • Score: 0

4:57pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
'I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.'

Can't you stay in a job very long then, why is that, shows a definite lack of commitment.

More complete rubbish from another equally unqualified candidate.
Sandy, there is no "qualification"

because (a) it's a new job and
(b)It is a very bad political initiative and nobody is ever going to be able to do it and it will fade away like Blair did: though I hope it doesn't leave behind a toxic Cheshire Cat rictus as he has done.
The only qualification they should be looking for is 'policing experience'.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: 'I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.' Can't you stay in a job very long then, why is that, shows a definite lack of commitment. More complete rubbish from another equally unqualified candidate.[/p][/quote]Sandy, there is no "qualification" because (a) it's a new job and (b)It is a very bad political initiative and nobody is ever going to be able to do it and it will fade away like Blair did: though I hope it doesn't leave behind a toxic Cheshire Cat rictus as he has done.[/p][/quote]The only qualification they should be looking for is 'policing experience'. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -1

5:06pm Fri 9 Nov 12

JanetJ says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
'I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.'

Can't you stay in a job very long then, why is that, shows a definite lack of commitment.

More complete rubbish from another equally unqualified candidate.
Sandy, there is no "qualification"


because (a) it's a new job and
(b)It is a very bad political initiative and nobody is ever going to be able to do it and it will fade away like Blair did: though I hope it doesn't leave behind a toxic Cheshire Cat rictus as he has done.
The only qualification they should be looking for is 'policing experience'.
We're struggling in Thames Valley then
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: 'I have worked as an office cashier, teacher, insurance marketing executive, banker, software tester, IT capacity planner and project manager.' Can't you stay in a job very long then, why is that, shows a definite lack of commitment. More complete rubbish from another equally unqualified candidate.[/p][/quote]Sandy, there is no "qualification" because (a) it's a new job and (b)It is a very bad political initiative and nobody is ever going to be able to do it and it will fade away like Blair did: though I hope it doesn't leave behind a toxic Cheshire Cat rictus as he has done.[/p][/quote]The only qualification they should be looking for is 'policing experience'.[/p][/quote]We're struggling in Thames Valley then JanetJ
  • Score: 0

6:10pm Fri 9 Nov 12

xjohnx says...

No policeman, current or ex, should be allowed to apply for this job.
Police policing the police? I don't think so.
No policeman, current or ex, should be allowed to apply for this job. Police policing the police? I don't think so. xjohnx
  • Score: 0

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