Two are set to go head to head for po­lice crime role

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

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

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