Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

John Howson calls for more spending on youth Justice

Youth Justice: more spending neededLiberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, Cllr. John Howson has called for more spending on youth justice after figures reveal that in 2019-2020 (the latest year that statistics from the government are available), spending on youth justice rose by 0.05p per capita to an average of £12.74p. That’s still £2.12p below the annual per capita expenditure in 2014-15, during the coalition government.

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Shutting police counters won’t cut crime

‘Police stations cannot continue as they have been, just as police boxes disappeared from our streets when police radios became commonplace, so the police must move with the times. But, they still need to be available to all citizens and the consultation doesn’t show how they will achieve that aim.Liberal Democrat Cllr. John Howson, the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate,  has criticised the Tory consultation on closing Police counters for not offering information on what will replace counter services.

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Filmmaking project gains support of Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate

 Milton Keynes youngsters are to make films to help persuade other young people to dump knivesCllr. John Howson, the Thames Valley Lib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, has welcomed the news that Milton Keynes youngsters are to make films to help persuade other young people to dump knives. The project works with young people to teach them filmmaking skills and produce short films that can have serious messages designed to encourage thought and change.

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Lib Dems attack exaggerated Tory boasts on Thames Valley police funding as ‘smoke and mirrors’

“The Conservatives are desperate to seem tough on crime, but are failing to do enough to actually prevent crime. Their unnecessary cuts to police numbers and youth services contributed to the rise in violent crime.  “And now the Tories are exaggerating the funding they are providing. People in Thames Valley deserve better.” Thames Valley Liberal Democrats and their Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, Cllr John Howson have attacked local Conservative boasts about police funding as “smoke and mirrors” that dress up a potential Council Tax rise as if it were extra funding from the Government.

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Vaccinate front line police officers and PCSOs as a priority

Vaccinate front line police officers and PCSOs as a priorityLib Dem Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for the Thames Valley has backed the Met Commissioner’s call to prioritise front line staff for the Coronavirus Vaccination saying "The Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police should be the last officer to be vaccinated against the coronavirus." 

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This Police iT record deletion Blunder not acceptable

‘It’s already the case that far too many crimes go unsolved and too many criminals are never identified. This fiasco risks making our communities less safe and the police’s job even harder, at a time when they are already under enormous pressure.’

Cllr. John Howson, The Liberal Democrat Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Thames Valley, has reacted ot the news that 150,000 records were accidentally deleted from the Police National ComputerJohn said: ‘This Police Blunder not acceptable: it is another Tory IT failure.’

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TORY KNIFE CRIME TARGET FAILURE

JH_TVP_ Knife_ Crime_StatsThames Valley Police have missed their own target to cut knife crime in our area - one of their key priorities last year.
There was an increase of 13.8% in such crimes in the first quarter of 2020, to 429, across the Thames Valley. 

“This is a serious failure on the part of the Conservative government and the Tory Police and Crime Commissioner,” said former Magistrate John Howson, who is in the running to be the next Commissioner.

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JOHN HOWSON - the best choice for our new police commissioner

key_JH_ TVP_ delighted to have been chosen to be the Lib Dem candidateJohn Howson will be the Lib Dem candidate for the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections due to be held in May 2021. As a sitting County Councillor and a former senior Magistrate, Professor Howson is well qualified for the role.

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