We are providing all the candidates seeking election as West Mercia 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 have served as West Mercia PCC since May 2016.
I have overseen West Mercia Police from being an organisation that heavily relied on its reserves with falling police officer numbers, to an organisation with 400 more police officers with a balanced budget.
I have worked hard to ensure the community is at the heart of policing, with the police working with the community tackling the issues they are concerned about.
(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?
West Mercia is a low crime area, but not everyone feels safe.
We must do more to reassure the community, so they can feel safe where they live, work or visit.
Low crime doesn’t mean no crime, and thus we must do ever more to tackle the harm caused by drugs and domestic violence in our society, where often the vulnerable are preyed upon and exploited.
We must also redouble our efforts to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?
I have set out at www.campion4westmercia.com my pledges. They are centred around four pledge.
- Putting Victims and Survivors first
- Securing a safer West Mercia
- Reforming West Mercia
- Reassuring West Mercia
(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?
I have a proven track record as Commissioner in ensuring the community are at the heart of policing.
I have shown that I will be a strong voice for the community, taking the tough decisions to deliver the best results.
I have shown that I will spend public money wisely, on efficient and effective policing, whilst setting the lowest police council tax increases in the region.