Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.


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The Conservative Party Candidate

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Craig Mackinlay

Election statement:

I want to bring crime down and make people feel safer.  We must be tougher on criminals, tougher on crime and put the victims of crime first.  I am on the side of those who live by the rules, respect others and pay their share.

My key priority is zero tolerance of all crime, particularly drugs and anti-social behaviour.

I shall hold police to account and ensure the views of residents and taxpayers are reflected in Kent’s policing policies.

I will introduce regular public meetings with senior police officers so those responsible for crime and community safety regularly face the public and address their concerns.

I will be accessible to all residents of Kent either online or via a designated hotline.  I will be out and about in Kent regularly and I will expect to receive direct calls from the public.

Most people accept that in these times of austerity we must look for efficiency and value for money. As a Chartered Accountant I am better placed than most to identify the savings we need to make, whilst protecting essential services.  And, as a long-serving magistrate on the North Kent bench, I have first-hand experience of how the criminal justice system works, and how it could be improved.

I have the greatest respect for our police officers who do a difficult job in often dangerous circumstances.  However, this does not mean we should not address difficult questions; victims of crime must be treated respectfully, kept informed and supported.  This does not unfortunately always happen.

I am from a local Kent family, born, raised and educated in Kent.  My wife, Kati and I live and work here. I am determined to make Kent a better, safer place for all residents.

Prepared by Gordon Williams for Craig Mackinlay, 4 Westcliff  Gardens, Folkestone.