Police and Crime Commissioner candidates want a quicker court process
CANDIDATES vying to shape the future of Notts Police said they would like to see the courts deal with offenders more quickly to help victims of crime.
Four people have stepped forward for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Notts at the polls on November 5.
At a hustings event hosted by Victim Support at Broadway Cinema, three of the four candidates were quizzed about topics including domestic violence, the court system and anti-social behaviour.
Independent candidate Raj Chandran said he was keen to see the court process speeded up to lessen the impact on victims.
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He said: "The judicial system is abysmal (when it comes to the speed of justice) – cases can go on for years and years. Victims of crime are suffering because of this.
"You compare this to places like Singapore, a country where we exported our legal system, where most cases are done in six weeks and you wonder why we can't do this here."
Conservative candidate Tony Roberts agreed that more needed to be done to speed up the system.
He said: "When we needed to send a clear message to people during the riots last year, the court system was quick and effective.
"As a Police and Crime Commissioner, we would have no direct power to change the judicial system but we would have influence – we would represent around 812,000 adults in Nottinghamshire and if those voices wouldn't change things, I don't know what would."
Labour candidate Paddy Tipping said that he would also like to see the judicial system speeded up to help victims. He added that it was important to commission local groups to work with the police.
Mr Tipping said: "The funding system will change when the PCCs come into power, but groups at a local level have a clear and strong understanding of their areas and I would be keen to support these organisations going forward if elected.
"Partnership-working with councils and charities is very important and has good results and it's important to see this continue."
The fourth candidate, Malcolm Spencer, could not attend the hustings. He has previously told the Post his main aim was to restore respect for the police if elected.
The deadline for registering to vote is October 31 and the new PCCs will take up the role on November 22.