Continue to drive down crime with more visible police officers

I’m proud of the record of Cheshire Constabulary in driving down crime to make our communities safer. Overall crime in Cheshire is down to its lowest level since the 1990s and in the last year alone police recorded burglaries are down by 19%; the sort of crime that affects people the most. Having a strong and visible police presence on our streets has been key, in my view, to this success, but there’s more to do.

Enhance community policing – maintaining PCSOs

First and foremost, Cheshire Constabulary is here to provide policing to the communities of Cheshire. That support comes in many forms – frontline police officers, Special Constables, police staff, the wide range of volunteers across the county and our important network of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs).As I've met residents, businesses and community organisations across Cheshire, they've told me how much they value the presence of PCSOs in their local community, the reassurance they give and the range of different policing options available to them.

Ensure every penny of taxpayers’ money is spent wisely

Although our economy has improved since I was first elected in 2012, we can’t be complacent about the future. That’s why as Police and Crime Commissioner, I’ve used my experience of running my own business and managing budgets, to ensure every penny of hardworking taxpayers’ money is spent wisely. This is a big responsibility and one I take very seriously with an overall budget of £192.5m to look after.

Bring more criminals to justice by solving more crimes

Cheshire Constabulary was recently rated as ‘outstanding’ for its work in preventing crime and anti-social behaviour and keeping the public of Cheshire safe. I’m proud of this fantastic record, not least given the consistent and extensive reduction in crime we’ve seen in the last few years.

Develop support for victims

As Police and Crime Commissioner I’ve sought to ensure that victims and witnesses of crime are at the heart of the criminal justice system. Being a victim of crime can be a traumatic and life- changing experience; too often we hear stories where the offender is given greater priority.

Strengthen the specialist investigation n teams to tackle cyber-crime and child exploitation

The use of computers, mobile phones and the internet provides extensive access to information and services, almost unimaginable even 10 years ago. Technology is a central part of most people’s lives but cyber-crime is an increasing problem with criminals using new technology to commit offences. This includes hacking important personal information, fraud, the selling of illegal drugs and for child exploitation.I want Cheshire to have a zero tolerance approach to these crimes and will:

Collaborate with other ‘blue-light services’ to improve service delivery

I believe an efficient and effective police service cannot act alone. As Police and Crime Commissioner I’ve led, alongside the Chair of Cheshire Fire Authority, proposals for the collaboration of Police and Fire HQ back office support and advice services in addition to the work of the Constabulary with other police forces across the North West and beyond.

Enhance the Roads Policing Unit with Better Technology

Almost everyone in Cheshire is affected by the road network on a daily basis either as a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist or pedestrian.Although the number of fatal and serious road traffic collisions is down by 24%, there are still too many on our roads. I remain committed to ensuring a robust focus on policing Cheshire’s roads to encourage users to be considerate of others and make them as safe as possible.As Police and Crime Commissioner I will:

Strongly represent the needs of young people

Young people make up 25% of Cheshire’s population but too often only adults get involved in the decision making process. That’s why I prioritised the appointment of a Youth Ambassador to champion youth issues, help communicate key messages on issues like internet safety and the dangers of drugs and alcohol and ensure a point of contact for young people to register their views. In 2016 I established the Cheshire Youth Commission to enable young people to support, challenge and inform my work as Police and Crime Commissioner and that of Cheshire Constabulary.