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Brian Mathew - Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Wiltshire

April 13, 2016 6:26 PM

Brian Mathew with Calne Police

Brian Mathew

Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Wiltshire

A Professional Aid worker and agricultural engineer. Dr Mathew stood for North Wiltshire in the 2015 General election. Brian lives in the Wiltshire village of Yatton Keynell where he is an active member of the community, helping with fundraising activities at the Summer Fete and Christmas market, writing pieces for the local benefice magazine the 'Honeycomb' and attending St. Margaret's Church.

Whilst working in Zimbabwe in the late 1990's for the British Government's Aid programme, DFID, Dr Mathew helped a local police chief win a case for unfair dismissal after closing down a bar where criminal activities were taking place, which was reputed to have been owned by the brother of a high-up official.

At university whilst a student, he performed a citizen's arrest on a thief who was on the run from a young offender's institution for a number of serious offences including 4 car thefts 9 house break-ins and the mugging of an old man.

Brian's five-point action plan for Wiltshire called 'Cut Crime Not Coppers' includes:

  1. Working to cut "management" and create more "coppers", free to do their work in the best way they know how - out on the beat.
  2. See crime designed out of neighbourhoods, while rejuvenating Neighbourhood Watch and Farm Watch, making them central to happier, healthier communities, that look out for each other, with more "Street Pastors" keeping town centres safe at night.
  3. Promote drug law reform based on science, not political prejudice.
  4. Criminals made to confront the impacts of their crimes through restorative justice with proceeds from their crimes returned to victims and communities that they wreck.
  5. Prioritize cybercrime: protecting children, combating identity theft and fraud.

Brian is running a survey for local people on Police and Crime in Wiltshire and Swindon at