Here is the gist of an email doing the rounds:
Please will you let me know where you stand on the following subjects:
1. Privatisation of police sevices.
2. The use of security companies such as G4S.
3. Your connection with commercial security companies.
Here is my answer:
Thank you for your email. I am against privatising core police services. Policing is a public service, paid for by the taxpayer for the benefit of all. I will keep it that way, if I am elected.
Sometimes outsourcing back office roles like administration, maintenance or IT can save money for the frontline. If it means more officers on the beat, I think that is a good thing and will look at it.
I do not have connections with companies who might be seeking contracts.