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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.

Peter James Maughan

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:

  • Refocus the force’s operating model on everyday crime concerns
  • Support a new offence of public harassment of women and girls
  • Tackle ASB and disorder affecting communities
  • Join up working with mental health and social care to reduce “first responder” pressure on police
  • Review the Late Night Levy and spend it transparently
  • Address the local courts system crisis delaying trials for years
  • Reopen Northumberland police cells allowing more police to patrol rural areas instead of ferrying detainees to Wallsend
  • Reduce reoffending through restorative justice and rehabilitation
  • Support continued co-operation with EUROPOL
  • Emulate Durham’s successful approach of targeting dealers not users
  • Safeguard the right to peaceful protest whilst maintaining public safety
  • Strengthen local community safety partnerships

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

Contact Details

Tel: 07966 363229 Twitter: @pcc2021

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