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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.

John Howson

John Howson Liberal Democrat candidate

A Police Service not a Police Force. That simple phrase tells you how I view the role of PCC. It is time to do things differently.

For too long, Thames Valley have not solved enough crimes. If elected, I will ensure that they have the resources to improve this, including protecting the number of frontline police officers. We deserve safer, more secure streets and better value for money.

Local policing and swift justice are vital. Cases take too long to come to court, and justice delayed is justice denied. I promise to work with other agencies to ensure cases are progressed to court as quickly as possible.

I will consult the public and elected representatives about local policing priorities. The police must work for everyone in the community. I will make sure your voice is heard.

My key tasks as Police & Crime Commissioner:

  • Reduce crime and the fear of crime.
  • Improve police accountability, visibility, and work to raise public confidence in the police.
  • Target resources on detecting crime and cutting offending rates.

My background

  • 22 years a Magistrate in Oxfordshire.
  • Financial experience in the public, voluntary and private sectors, including running my own company.
  • National experience of the criminal justice system. Led demands to stop police using out of court disposals that prevented cases coming to court and, as a result, victims not receiving compensation.
  • Expert on licensing law, and effects of the night time economy.
  • Been a victim of crime, including a stabbing and several burglaries.

Prepared by Richard Buckley, C5 Grange Court Business Park, Barton Lane, Abingdon, OX14 3NB

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