Conservatives in Cheshire have re-selected former Assistant Chief Constable and incumbent Police and Crime Commissioner, John Dwyer, to be their candidate to contest the election in May 2016. John was unanimously selected by over 100 party members in Knutsford on Friday 31st July, 2015.Commenting after the meeting, John said:
“I am absolutely delighted to have retained the confidence of so many people from across the Cheshire Force Area and to be given the opportunity to run for this important role once again. It has been a tremendous honour to serve as Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner since November 2012, a role that impacts on all residents within Cheshire and one I believe makes a real difference to the lives of local people.
“I’ve done my utmost to represent the views of Cheshire residents and act on their behalf in holding the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of efficient and effective policing. Cheshire is my home and I know that it is a fantastic place to live and work. When I came to office I set out my positive vision to make it an even safer place to live. I’m proud that crime is down by over 4% to the lowest level since the early 1990s, crime detection is at its highest rate since 2010 and we’ve seen 100 officers simultaneously in various stages of training - a unique event which has never happened before in the history of the Force.
“I’ve tried to use my experience of thirty years police service to understand and tackle the challenges faced within Cheshire, particularly to put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system. As Police and Crime Commissioner, meeting the financial challenge faced by policing is one of my key roles. My priority has been, and remains, to set a budget that invests in visible local policing, tackles waste and bureaucracy and allows officers to be on the streets tackling crime. In Cheshire we have ’bucked’ the national trend with the number of officers growing by 53 and 130 have been returned to front line policing in addition to maintaining the number of PCSOs at 220 and over 400 Special Constables.
“In the months ahead I look forward to continuing to listen to and engage with local residents about their concerns and priorities for their neighbourhood. I welcome the chance to secure their support for my vision to continue making Cheshire an even safer place to live.”
John is available for ‘political’ interviews and comment. Please contact Gareth Parker on 07880 188284.
The next Police and Crime Commissioner elections will be held on Thursday 5th May, 2016.