Councillor wants police commissioner job

Hastings councillor Godfrey Daniel, who has been shortlisted for the Police and Crime Commissioner post for Sussex

Hastings councillor Godfrey Daniel, who has been shortlisted for the Police and Crime Commissioner post for Sussex

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A LONGSTANDING local politician has thrown his hat into the ring to become the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex.

A LONGSTANDING local politician has thrown his hat into the ring to become the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex.

Councillor Godfrey Daniels has been placed on the Labour shortlist for the election which takes place in the Autumn.

The father-of-two, who has been a councillor for almost 20 years, joins Eastbourne’s Paul Richards in the fight to be Labour’s candidate.

Every Labour member across Sussex will have a chance to vote for their candidate. A ballot is expected to take place in the summer before the Sussex election takes place on November 15.

Cllr Daniels, 61, has represented his home ward Braybrooke since 1994 and been a county councillor since 1997.

He has been a magistrate in Hastings since 1989 and sat on the Sussex Proabation Board between 2001 and 2007.

Since 2009 Cllr Daniels has been a member of the Sussex Police Authority.

In Hastings he was mayor between 1998 and 2000 and is the chairman of the planning committee.

His mandate for the election includes tackling hate crime, anti-social behaviour and domestic violence.

Cllr Daniels said: “I have a good understanding of the issues facing the police and courts today having worked in the system for more than 20 years.

“I see the problems facing the modern police force today and understand their needs and objectives.

“I would take a close look at hate crime such as racial or homophobic attacks.

“I want to see all anti-social behaviour and domestic violence tackled. I want to see good communication and feedback from front line officers.

“Neighbourhood policing is one of my major issues. I would like to focus on resources, quick responses to emergency calls and more police in the front line not stuck behind office desks.

“I am good at working and understanding people at grass roots level through my local council work. I also have integrity and am not afraid to make difficult decisions.”