Sajjad has held discussions with Cheshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), John Dwyer and Andy Pratt who was recently selected as the Conservative candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Lancashire.
Saj met with John Dwyer to evaluate possible sources of EU funding for the wide range of predominantly voluntary organisations across the county who are involved with victim support and crime prevention etc.
As PCC John's aim is to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within Cheshire.
Elected in the first PCC elections in November 2012, John has a formidable record of achievement. His previous career as a Police officer, culminating as Deputy Chief Constable, gave him the unique background knowledge and experience to fulfil this new role, created by the Conservative Government.
During his first term John has cut crime in Cheshire by 4% to its lowest level since 1990s, recruited 53 more police officers with 60 more jobs just being advertised and improved public access to policing introducing a new structure .
He has built strong and effective working relationships between the emergency services, with ground-breaking plans bringing police and fire closer together and establishing a single, shared headquarters by 2018.
John is seeking re-lection as PCC for Cheshire in May this year.
Saj was also delighted to introduce John Dwyer to Andy Pratt who was also a Police officer, retiring from the Lancashire Constabulary at the rank of Superintendent.
Andy will be utilising his experiences as a policeman and a voluntary worker to improve the force and help to keep hard-working people and their families safe and secure across Lancashire. He said he wants to put victims first and ensure police officers spend more time on the frontline.
Commenting at the meeting Sajjad said:
“Both John and Andy have a remarkable record of service to communities across Cheshire and Lancashire.
“John’s achievements in Cheshire are in stark contrast to the record of the Labour PPC in Lancashire who has presided over cutting hundreds of police officers.
“I look forward to working with John and Andy together with our Conservative PCC candidates in Cumbria, Merseyside and Greater Manchester.”
The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.
PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.
PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the force to account; effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
PCCs ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, and are improving local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. They work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.
About the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
Elections for Police and Crime Commissioners will be on Thursday the 5th of May 2016.
Voters in 5 police force areas in the North West will elect a Police and Crime Commissioner.
To vote in a Police and Crime Commissioner election a person must be registered to vote and also be one of the following:
• 18 years of age or over on polling day
• a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
• resident in the UK
• not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
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