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Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Elections 

Statement from David Stokes, Labour and Co-operative Party candidate

Over the past 12 months my team and I have spoken to thousands of people on the doorstep across Dorset. Time and again crime has been a major concern. Whether it is anti-social-behaviour, knife crime, domestic violence, rampant shop lifting or violence towards retail staff, Dorset certainly doesn’t feel like a safe place to live anymore.

As your Police and Crime Commissioner, I would work to see more police on the street. More neighbourhood and community policing working alongside specialist units to concentrate on violence against women and girls, drug deaing and serious violent crime.

Shockingly, across the country 90% of crimes now go unsolved. We need to restore confidence in the criminal justice system, to raise standards and get more crimes solved.

We also face increasing threats from cybercrime, fraud and ingenious scams that will affect more and more people. We need to take these new and emerging crimes seriously. 

The Police and Crime Commissioner must focus on all the challenges that face the whole community. Co-operation, community and partnership work are things that come naturally to those of us in the Labour and Co-operative Party. They will be key themes that will underline my new administration as Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset.

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About David

David is 63 years old, married with three grown up children. He was born in Bournemouth and has lived here all his life, apart from 13 years working overseas. He works for a local construction firm as a Senior Quantity Surveyor and is active in his local Church. He is a member of Unite the Union.

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Jessica Toale backs David Stokes

"We have spoken to thousands of people across the constituency and crime is of the issues that comes up most frequently on the doorstep. People do not feel safe any more and this is not good enough. Bournemouth used to be a place that I as a teenager never had to worry about my safety.


David has lived here his whole life and is dedicated to this community. He would work tirelessly to serve the entire community and place cooperation and partnership at the heart of everything he does to get things done."

Make sure you're registered to vote

Make sure you are registered to vote in order to vote of 2 May 2024. 

You can register before 11:59pm on 16 April here:

If you would like to apply for a postal vote you can do so here until 5pm on 17 April:

Promoted by Patrick Canavan, agent, for David Stokes, both at 29 Green Park, Manor Road, Bournemouth BH1 3HR

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