South Wales police commissioner candidate keen to tackle social issues
MORE needs to be done to address the social problems — especially youth unemployment — that can lead to crime, according to a candidate for police commissioner.
Tony Verderame, who is standing as an independent in the South Wales Police race, said "police and stiff sentences alone" were not enough.
Retired businessman Mr Verderame, who is the chairman the Cardiff Older Persons Forum, said if he was elected he would make it a priority to work with local councils to tackle the problem of youth joblessness.
He said: "I would encourage investment by local authorities in a new training infrastructure and community enterprises to accommodate the younger population, together with the unemployed across South Wales.
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"This will play a substantial role in decreasing antisocial behaviour, home violence to women and children, and other criminal activities costing billions of pounds to the nation.
"My philosophy is to work hard and detect the crimes before they are committed, that will have a huge impact to families and communities as a whole.
"Police and stiff sentences alone do not work."
The public will go to the polls on November 15 to elect police and crime commissioners, powerful new posts that come with the ability to control police budgets, hire and fire chief constables, and decide policing priorities.
Each force in Wales and England will have an elected commissioner who will replace the existing police authorities.
The UK Government says the commissioners will make police forces more accountable to the communities they serve — but opponents have claimed they will lead to politicisation of policing.
Along with Mr Verderame there is another independent candidate standing in South Wales — policeman-turned-solicitor Mike Baker — along with a Labour candidate, former Cardiff MP and Home Office Minister Alun Michael, and businesswoman and former teacher Caroline Jones, who is the Conservative party's nominee.
The Dyfed-Powys Police election is a straight Labour versus Tory fight, with former AM Christine Gwyther for Labour and ex-soldier Christopher Salmon for the Tories.
Neither Plaid nor the Lib Dems are standing in the police commissioner elections.
Join Evening Post crime reporter Jason Evans for a live question and answer session on the police commissioner elections on the paper's website - www.thisissouthwales.co.uk - between 1pm and 2pm on Thursday."