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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.

Loraine Birchall

All too often local residents feel left behind, with little in the way of visible policing, particularly in our most rural areas.  Local communities end up keeping watch for suspicious vehicles, nervous about the fate of vital equipment.

It’s not good enough, and it needs to change – people have to be able to feel safe in their own communities.

As a proven manager, consultant and daughter of a former police officer, I’m the right person to hold Cumbria police to account.

I will fight and tooth and nail to keep our communities safe, by introducing tried and tested measures from across the country and working with local communities to help us tackle big issues like anti-social behaviour and rural crime.

My main priorities are:

  • More visible community policing to tackle crime & anti-social behaviour, especially in rural communities that feel left behind in terms of policing presence – continuing to increase officer numbers and expanding the special constabulary
  • Learn from other forces around the country to introduce a dedicated and well-resourced rural crime unit, with a strategy to tackle the scourge of rural crime
  • Give back unclaimed proceeds of crime to help support and improve local youth services through a ‘Youth Communities Fund’

Government promises of extra funding for police services have contained a lot of smoke and mirrors recently, with council tax increases being claimed as Government investment in the police service.

I will keep pressing for Cumbria to get the funding it needs and deserves, but I’ll also lead by example and make sure the Office of the PCC spends its budget wisely.

With your support on 6th May, I’ll make sure we have a police force that will keep Cumbria safe.

This election address was prepared by Paul Trollope, Acland House, Yard 2, Stricklandgate, Kendal LA9 4ND.

Contact Details

Email: loraine.birchall@gmail.com

Mobile: 07877 979829

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