Thursday, April 07, 2016

Peter McCall writes at Conservative Home on why he is standing to be Cumbria's PCC

Peter McCall has an excellent article on Conservative Home which you can read here on why he is standing to be Cumbria's next Police and Crime Commissioner.

A couple of extracts:

"The need for responsive, agile, and informed decision-making in our police and security services has never been more vital than in this day and age.
 
"While I can happily say ‘traditional’ crime has declined, we have seen an increase in some of the most destructive crimes; child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse and cybercrime. These crimes are rapidly changing and are hard to detect. They destroy lives, they destroy trust, and their impact can be felt across force borders. And of course, the threat of terrorism is ever present and wherever we are in the country we cannot afford to be complacent. 
 
"This is why I believe directly elected and accountable PCCs are so important. They are the direct link between the public and the police. A good PCC will make local people’s priorities for tackling crime their priorities. The past four years have shown a PCC is far more effective in helping to get things done than the anonymous authority they replaced."

  "I have served our country, and governments of every shade for 34 years, on the front line where our role as public servants is to make the job work and get on with it. I believe I have the qualifications, experience and competence to do the incredibly complex, fast moving role of the PCC. I’m not asking anyone to vote for me just because I am a Conservative, but rather, because they think I have the experience and proven leadership skills to do the job.  
"The next Police and Crime Commissioner of Cumbria must be a professional team player, experienced in clear thinking at strategic level.  People need to vote for the person who has the competence, skills and leadership to keep them safe. This is too important to get wrong."

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