You deserve to feel safe when you walk home at night. But in too many parts of the country, people are worried about how crime has risen over recent years. It should not be this way. Whilst North Yorkshire may be the safest County in England, we can not be complacent.
That is why the Conservative Government is taking action to deliver on the People’s Priorities. Hiring 20,000 additional police officers and giving them the powers, resources and tools they need to cut crime and make our streets safer.
But we need someone locally who can work with the government to hold the police accountable for cutting crime in their area. That is where Police and Crime Commissioners come in.
In every region of England and Wales, Police and Crime Commissioners are in charge of local policing or as in the case of North Yorkshire a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC). The PFCC decides how the multimillion-pound budget is spent. The Commissioner sets the priorities and hold the police and fire service to account.
The new Conservative government is carrying out our plan to hire more police and give them the power and the tools they need to cut crime and make our streets safer:
1. Hiring 20,000 more police, with the first 6,000 set to be in place by next year.
2. Giving police the resources, powers and tools they need to cut crime and make our streets safer – expanding the use of targeted stop and search and enabling more officers to carry a Taser.
3. Providing £70 million for Violence Reduction Units so that PCCs can lead the fight against violent crime and take weapons off our streets.
4. Building 10,000 extra prison places and introducing tougher sentences to keep the most serious criminals off our streets.
5. Enshrining a Police Covenant into law, recognising the bravery and commitment of police officers, and ensuring they and their families are looked after – both on and off duty.
Police and Crime Commissioners will help deliver that plan. This means we need Philip Allott electing on May 6 2021 because only a Conservative PFCC can work constructively with the government.