Vot­ers have chance to elect po­lice boss

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

VOT­ERS will have their say in the Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner elec­tion on Thurs­day, May 5.

The four can­di­dates hop­ing to run polic­ing in Mac­cles­field and Cheshire in­clude: John Dwyer (Con­ser­va­tive); Neil Lewis (Lib Dem): David Keane (Labour) and Jonathan Starkey (UKIP).

Polling sta­tions will be open from 7am to 10pm.

John Dwyer said: “I’m proud that crime is down to the low­est level since the early 1990s, crime de­tec­tion is at its high­est since 2010 and we’ve seen 100 of­fi­cers si­mul­ta­ne­ously in var­i­ous stages of train­ing – which has never hap­pened be­fore in the his­tory of the force.

“I’ve tried to use my ex­pe­ri­ence of 30 years’ po­lice ser­vice to tackle the chal­lenges in Cheshire and put vic­tims at the heart of the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.”

David Keane said: “I’m de­ter­mined to stand up and chal­lenge the cur­rent PCC on his fail­ure to pro­tect our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The po­lice are un­der huge pres­sures af­ter bud­get cuts from this Gov­ern­ment. Cur­rent pri- ori­ties need chal­lenge, con­sul­ta­tion and re­form – this will only hap­pen with a strong and com­mit­ted Labour PCC.

Jonathan Starkey’s fo­cus is: to record all crime and im­prove ease of re­port­ing; to be vis­i­ble, ap­proach­able and alert to the com­mu­ni­ties he serves; to in­vest in com- mu­nity ini­tia­tives based on a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach; use cost-ef­fec­tive new tech­nol­ogy; En­sure bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the com­mu­nity and im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tions; and guar­an­tee trans­parency and scru­tiny of per­for­mance against an agreed Lo­cal Po­lice and Crime Plan.

He said: “Cut­ting bu­reau­cracy, re­duc­ing tar­get/ quota- dr i ven polic­ing, con­sis­tently mon­i­tor­ing ef­fi­ciency sav­ings and in­vest­ing in new tech­nolo­gies would greatly im­prove morale among our hard work­ing of­fi­cers.”

Neil Lewis’s pri­or­i­ties are: 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: “Crime has changed – but we have not. 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.”

●● The four can­di­dates are (from left) UKIP’s Jonathan Starkey, Con­ser­va­tive John Dwyer, Lib­eral Demo­crat Neil Lewis and Labour’s David Keane

●● Becca Carey with Mac­cles­field fundrais­ers Jean Ridg­way and Rick Sherry

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