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Cheshire PCC candidate – Jo Conchie, Lib Dems

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We are providing all the candidates seeking election as Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with the opportunity to tell our readers what their priorities are, and to tell us a little more about themselves.

We’ve asked the same four questions to each candidate, for straightforward comparison, and we have invited candidates to supply social media and website links if they choose to.

In this article we speak to Jo Conchie, standing for the Liberal Democrats.

 


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(1) Please tell us a little about yourself.

I have a law degree and I trained to be a barrister, but after seeing so many victims of crime being let down by the system, I realised it’s more important to tackle crime at the source. 

So I got a masters degree in criminology and criminal psychology, in order to identify the causes of crime and research practical ways to reduce it. 

I’ve worked with police forces in various parts of the UK, and it’s allowed me to identify ways that we could operate more efficiently here in Cheshire. 

 

(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?

My priorities for Cheshire are based on conversations I’ve had with residents about what matters to them. 

I want people to feel safe at home and in their communities.

I want people to have the law work for them – so they can feel confident they’re getting a transparent and efficient police force.

And I want victims of crime to be better supported. People often don’t report crime because they feel nothing will be done about it, and those that do report it often just get a crime number. 

I’d like to see more compassion-focussed resolution and justice for victims. 

 

(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?

I want to reduce crime by doing what works. I’d make more of measures that are proven to reduce crime.

Restorative Justice – where offenders come face to face with victims – has an 85% victim satisfaction rate.

And it also reduces re-offending – generating a 700% return on every pound spent on it!

Peer working – where ex-gang members explain first-hand about the ruinous effect that gang and knife crime can have on people – can change the course of a young person’s life for the better.

We can prevent crime, reduce re-offending and save money and valuable police time.

 

(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?

I’m not a returning candidate, so I would be able to bring a completely fresh perspective to the role. 

Having been embedded with various police forces in the UK, I’ve identified different ways of working – some good, some bad, but we can learn from the things that other forces are doing well, and also learn from their mistakes. There are ways that Cheshire could be a much more efficient police force. 

I want to bring my dedication, knowledge, and experience to the role to make Cheshire a safer place for us to live, work and raise our families. 

 

 

 

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