JOHN PRESCOTT is perhaps the most well-known Police and Crime Commissioner candidate in the country. Standing for the Labour Party, his campaign has been widely reported in the media and so the contents of his candidate’s statement published this morning on HU12 Online will not surprise the pundits.
John Prescott is a staunch defender of the previous Labour Government’s record, which he says cut crime across the Humberside Police force area by 43%. “We did it by introducing community policing, PCSOs, CCTV cameras and ASBOs and by being tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. But all that is at risk from the Coalition Government cutting the police budget by 20%.”
He says that Government cuts will result in the loss of police officers: “Humberside Police, which has the fourth highest number of recorded crimes in England and Wales, is proposing to axe 440 police officers at twice the rate of any other force in England and Wales.”
Whilst opposition to the cuts dominates John Prescott’s statement, he also proposes measures for boosting community involvement in policing matters through introducing a People’s Police and Crime Commission which will consist of members of the public from across the force area to advise him as the Police Commissioner. He promises to give people a greater say in how crime is tackled in Humberside and tour the region holding police surgeries.
To view the complete election statement on HU12 Online, visit the candidate’s page: John Prescott
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