Police and Crime Commissioners will be champions in the fight against crime. They will be focused on cutting crime locally and making our communities safer. They will be visible and directly accountable to the public. Instead of bureaucratic control from Whitehall, police forces will be democratically accountable to local people, freeing officers from the red tape which takes them off the streets.
Commenting, Newcastle Conservative President Neville Armstrong said:
‘Police and Crime Commissioners will lead the fight to cut crime. They will work with local people to make our communities a safer place to live and will be strong champions for the victims of crime. Now, for the first time, there will be an elected representative accountable to the people of Newcastle whose job it is to listen to the public’s concerns about crime and set the priorities locally.
I know that Phil Butler, the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Northumbria, will do what is needed to cut crime and will be a strong voice speaking out for local people. After being a policeman for 30 years, he’s got the experience to do the job. Having lived in the region for 52 years, he knows the area too. Everyone cares about the safety and security of their homes and communities, which is why the Police and Crime Commissioner is such an important role.’