I’ve served the public as a Lib Dem councillor in Gateshead since 1984. I’m a solicitor experienced in the criminal justice process, a mediator and arbitrator, and a board member of the NUFC Supporters Trust.
The office of PCC is expensive and ineffective. Northumbria Police numbers have fallen, anti- social behaviour rates have risen, and police council tax precept has sharply increased without obvious improvement to outcomes or police presence. HMIC’s last force inspection (2019) found Northumbria Police to “require improvement” in its effectiveness in reducing crime and operating efficiently.
My top priority is to abolish the unpopular and unnecessary £85,000 PCC role and return oversight of Northumbria Police to panels of councillor and community representatives and borough policing plans.
My aims are to:
The national Liberal Democrat policy of funding two additional police officers in every council ward would mean 354 extra neighbourhood officers for Northumbria Police.
A vote for me is a vote for common-sense effective community policing.
Statement prepared by Greg Stone [election agent], 38 Faldonside, Newcastle NE6 5UH
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