Two are set to go head to head for police crime role
THE Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have chosen their candidates for the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Incumbent PCC John Dwyer has been reselected to attempt to win another term in office for the Tories.
Meanwhile, businessman Neil Lewis will battle for the role on behalf of the Lib Dems.
Labour, other parties and independent candidates have yet to announce their plans for the election, set for May 5.
Mr Dwyer said his vision four years ago was to make Cheshire an even safer place to live.
He said: “I’m proud that crime is down by over four per cent to the lowest level since the early 1990s, crime detection is at its highest rate since 2010 and we’ve seen 100 officers simultaneously in various stages of training – a unique event which has never happened before in the history of the force.
“I’ve tried to use my experience of 30 years’ police service to understand and tackle the challenges faced within Cheshire, particularly to put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, meeting the financial challenge faced by policing is one of my key roles.”
Mr Lewis, an ex-publisher, said if elected he will work to establish: a CyberSafe Cheshire initiative; better community and response policing through better technology, shared and outsourced services; and the protection of vulnerable groups such as victims, children, women and the elderly.
He said: “Despite a highly capable police force, the future of crime in Cheshire is frightening.
“Cyber attacks on our core services of fire, police, hospital, schools, media, banking, transport and power are increasingly likely.
“Locally, people are at risk of theft of financial information, pension scams and data/ phone tricks to steal money, while young people are dealing with cyber bullying as well as revenge porn and children remain at risk of being targeted online.
“Crime has changed – but we have not. Crime has moved behind closed doors, into the shadows and criminals have globalised. The threat of violent crime, cybercrime, burglary and even terrorism against the people of Cheshire is a global issue that requires a joined up local, national and international response backed up by modern technology and liberal minded oversight and accountability.”
●● Neil Lewis is the Lib Dems’ candidate for Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner