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Where a crime does occur, victims must be our first priority.

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The first duty of a Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent must be to protect the innocent victims of a crime and to look after their wellbeing.

The judicial system of England is geared to prosecuting offenders and punishing them. It has nothing to do with victims, who are not part of the state, other than as necessary witnesses.

This position should be reversed.

We need to make sure that the victims of crime and their families, are supported both in the aftermath of crimes and throughout the justice system.

In reality, most crimes are not detected. If they are detected they are not resolved. In many cases, the evidence does not even enable a prosecution.

The perpetrators of those crimes may forget what they have done, but the victims whether through personal assault, invasion of their homes, damage to their property or Internet exploitation are often traumatised by their ordeal. These are the people we should care for.

As PCC, I will hold the Chief Constable and the police service to account for how their actions are protecting for the innocent and comforting and supporting the victims of crime.