Oxfordshire Liberal Democrats

John Howson's election countdown Q&A

With just over 3 weeks to go to the PCC elections on May 6th we are launching our election countdown Q&A. John will answer one question everyday leading up to polling day.

We begin with day 23 - Q. What do you understand the key aspects of the police and crime commissioner’s role to be?

A. The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has three main aims: Scrutiny, Strategy and Support.

The PCC must be the voice of the people and hold the Chief Constable to account for how the police service is run.

The PCC sets the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan. I believe that consulting the public is important to establish the right policing priorities for our community.

The PCC must also work successfully in partnership with other local and national agencies. A unified approach to preventing and reducing crime is the most effective.

My focus as the PCC for Thames Valley, would be on delivering better outcomes for victims. Efficient and effective policing must work for those who suffer the impact of crime. Victims need the best possible support, recognition and understanding throughout the system.

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