Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner
Since becoming Police and Crime Commissioner, it has become crystal clear to me that there is a very close correlation between higher levels of economic and social deprivation and increased levels of crime, addiction, abuse and antisocial behaviour. I firmly believe we must do all we can to ensure Suffolk’s economy continues to grow and help make the whole of Suffolk a really thriving community, with opportunities for everyone to develop to their maximum potential.
Unfortunately, too many of our fellow citizens are not contributing to our county as they could – some are long-term unemployed, have chaotic lifestyles and have few, if any, educational or vocational qualifications.
There is also a significant number of individuals who (for all sorts of reasons) have been in trouble with the police and, sadly, far too many people who feel they have no purpose in life. I find this tragic and unacceptable. I’d like to think businesses in Suffolk are prepared to give a chance to potential employees to help overcome social exclusion.
In the past I have employed former prisoners and know from experience that lives can be turned around if only they are given that chance. With added purpose in life individuals can regain their self-esteem and develop positive attitudes, and this is what we must strive for.
This is where we need the help of the private sector to give people a chance and that’s why this category in this year’s EADT Business Awards will focus on those who help reduce social exclusion through employment.