Labour's crime candidate vows not to cut police

Warrington Guardian: John Stockton John Stockton

CUTTING crime not police is the intention of John Stockton should he get your vote in the police and crime commissioner vote next week.

The Labour candidate has hit out at Government cuts of 20 per cent on police budgets on the campaign trail.

John said: “Knocking on doors I have not met anyone who says we should have less police on the streets.

“People must realise that the thin blue line is getting too thin.

“Nobody else is mentioning this issue, it’s almost like the elephant in the room.”

The Halton councillor who is a retired teacher says if elected he would look to find other ways of increasing police budgets through raising levels of funding from council tax payments.

“I will consult the people of Cheshire,” he added. “If we paid this amount of police precepts it will put this amount of police officers on the streets.”

And he will be looking to work closely with parish councils too.

He added: “In the county we have some of the richest one per cent of population and some of the 10 per cent of poorest population in the county.

“The key is managing community policing. We have 19 neighbourhood units in the region and its about placing resources where they are needed.

“We are budgeted for 222 CSOs and I will be going to parish councils to say can you provide funding.”

But he is opposed to outsourcing front line services.

Despite his party’s views against the introduction of police and crime commissioners he believes some fears about the new role have not come to light.

John said: “It’s well known the Labour Party opposed these changes at Parliament but we are were we are. We were not going to let the Tories and Lib Dems have a free run on these positions.”

Preventing crime from happening in the first place is also one way he hopes to continue to cut crime and John will look to work with other services to lower reoffending rates.

“I will look to work closely with probation to make sure when people are involved in the criminal justice service they are not left high and dry,” he said. “If they are dealt with properly they are much less likely to reoffend.

“The challenge is to continue to drive down levels of crime with a diminishing budget.”

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3:57pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Nick Tessla says...

There are other candidates backed by political parties in this joke of an election.


however, none of them come across as party politically motivated as this Labour candidate. I saw some coverage of an event held at Chester University and, rather than focussing on what he would do as commissioner, Mr Stockton seemed determined to trot out Labour party propoganda about spending cuts. This overtly political position is also to b e found on his candidate blurb downloadable from the choosemypcc website.


Was he just giving himself an excuse for failing should he get the role?
There are other candidates backed by political parties in this joke of an election. however, none of them come across as party politically motivated as this Labour candidate. I saw some coverage of an event held at Chester University and, rather than focussing on what he would do as commissioner, Mr Stockton seemed determined to trot out Labour party propoganda about spending cuts. This overtly political position is also to b e found on his candidate blurb downloadable from the choosemypcc website. Was he just giving himself an excuse for failing should he get the role? Nick Tessla
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7:08pm Fri 9 Nov 12

old-codger says...

Nick Tessla says...
3:57pm Fri 9 Nov 12

There are other candidates backed by political parties in this joke of an election....


None will be getting my vote, Politics has no place in policing. Its the beggining of big brother, You see it in America, Politicians interfiering in police work and wanting cases solved quickly to calm public feelings.. Cases will be solved when enough evidence is gathered not because they are up for re-election..
Nick Tessla says... 3:57pm Fri 9 Nov 12 There are other candidates backed by political parties in this joke of an election.... None will be getting my vote, Politics has no place in policing. Its the beggining of big brother, You see it in America, Politicians interfiering in police work and wanting cases solved quickly to calm public feelings.. Cases will be solved when enough evidence is gathered not because they are up for re-election.. old-codger
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7:15am Sat 10 Nov 12

MikeJT says...

You mean we have candidates. Less than a week to go before the election and I have seem absolutely nothing from anybody about what's involved, what they plan to bring to the job etc.

I believe the idea is to make one person in charge of policing and make them accountable. Surely the easiest and cheapest way to do that is make it the responsibility of the current chief constables to meet the public and explain the police actions.
You mean we have candidates. Less than a week to go before the election and I have seem absolutely nothing from anybody about what's involved, what they plan to bring to the job etc. I believe the idea is to make one person in charge of policing and make them accountable. Surely the easiest and cheapest way to do that is make it the responsibility of the current chief constables to meet the public and explain the police actions. MikeJT
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11:00pm Sat 10 Nov 12

comwgn says...

Mr Stockton is a twit and will not get my vote. What trash he talks airhead.
The election is a joke as all the dogooders on the police authority will be there as the panel to support the commissioner what a farce.
Mr Stockton is a twit and will not get my vote. What trash he talks airhead. The election is a joke as all the dogooders on the police authority will be there as the panel to support the commissioner what a farce. comwgn
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