Cllr Paul Dendle, a Conservative councillor on Arun District Council and the Sussex Conservatives Area Chairman is putting his name forward to be the Conservative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for his county.

He says:

As a businessman I set up Avro Plc with a staff of two in 1984 and over the next eleven years built the company to be the largest seat only company in the UK. and the UK's fourth-largest tour operating company. We turned over £140 million, flew 1.2 million passengers and achieved a net annual profit of over 4 million pounds.

I sold the majority stake in the company to Monarch Airlines in 1991 and left the company in 1995 after the earn-out period..

The current policing situation is not acceptable or desirable, when you only have 14% of Police officers on duty at any one time, so the elected Commissioner will have to forge a new kind of policing relying on community involvement.

I am conscious of the founding principles set by Robert Peel when he created the first Police force and this has to be a starting point to any strategy of improvement. Policing in the UK has always been by consent and the basic mission for the police is to prevent crime and disorder. The challenges of the future are to put those principles in a future context with all the complexities of the Human Rights Act and the needs of very diverse Communities.

Our Police forces are top down control and command organisations, this makes them un- receptive to change and inefficient, If elected this is something I will work to change by empowering font line staff and release them from the paper-chase bureaucracy which will improve efficiency and morale.

He sounds like an excellent candidate.