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.
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(1) Please tell us a little about yourself.
I retired as Assistant Chief Constable in the Cheshire Constabulary in 2001 after a 30-year career.
I am married and we have 1 daughter.
Having retired I established my own management and security consultancy working all over the UK and using a network of retired police officers to carry out investigation work.
I was a Councillor on the Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council from 2003 until 2009 and was the Cabinet portfolio holder for Safer Communities from 2006 until 2009.
I was elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, being in post from 2012 until 2016.
(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?
The priority of the public of Cheshire is to see more police officers on our streets. An increase in patrolling officers will make them feel safe and deter offenders from committing crime. Patrolling officers should improve driver behaviour and make our roads much safer to use, which is also a priority for the public.
A reduction in the number of crimes being committed and an increase in the number of detected crimes should also be achieved with increased officer numbers.
Cybercrimes are also a serious issue and the public want advice on how to avoid being subjected to them.
(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?
I would want to satisfy the public demand for more officers and increase the number of Special Constables.
I want to work closely with the Institute of Advanced Motorists, of which I am a local President, and other road safety organisations to make our roads safer.
I will be working with all our MPs and local authorities to ensure that local policing needs are being met.
I will extend the Mental Health Triage scheme, which I started in 2014, to be available in the force area 24/7.
I will join the Northwest Fraud Forum to provide timely advice on cybercrimes.
(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?
I have a very broad knowledge of policing, have done the job previously and, under my stewardship, the force was accredited with being ‘Outstanding’ by Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary.
I have a degree in management and introduced the Priority Based Budgeting approach which saw an improvement in processes in 2015, resulting in savings over £5m.
The establishment of the force was increased to 2011 by 2016, despite austerity measures, as a result of good management and would have increased that figure by a further 70 in 2016/17 had I remained in post.