UK Independence Party
I live in the market town of Congleton with my two daughters aged 8 and 10.
I have had the privilege of serving my community as a Councillor from 2003 until 2009, on both the town and borough councils. In 2006 I had the honour of being elected Mayor of Congleton, and during that time worked with many of our local voluntary organisations within the area.
It was during this time that I really began to understand the important connection that must exist between the police service and the local community. Congleton is an area with a very low crime rate, however, the paradox is that within Cheshire we have some of the most affluent, but also some of the most deprived wards in the North West. One of the challenges for the Police Commissioner would be to ensure that you have empathy and understanding with the wider public’s ‘fear of crime’, whilst ensuring a robust and comprehensive approach to ‘low level’ crime with a zero tolerance ‘Broken Windows’ approach across the entire county.
Just five months ago I became a ‘victim of crime’. It was whilst feeling at my most vulnerable, that the true nature of the police within Cheshire became apparent. They were sympathetic and understanding; they answered every question, and appeased any worries that my daughters and I had. I would ensure that the police in Cheshire would always be allowed to conduct their work in this manner – they should be supported in the difficult and at times dangerous work they undertake on our behalf, whilst maintaining efficient and transparent practice. Our police service has earned its reputation as one of the best in the world – the Police Commissioner should ensure that this reputation is upheld.
Tel: 01260 290802
Prepared by Brian Jarvis, 8 Littondale Close, Congleton, Cheshire, CW12 2DB.