Keep Victims at the Heart of Everything I Do
Our criminal justice system was designed to punish offenders, but the victims of crime are so often overlooked. The trauma of some crimes can last for years, and the way some victims are treated after reporting a crime can end up re-victimising them.
I want to ensure all victims get the support they need to recover from their experience. Designing a justice system that takes account of their needs is vital.
Restore Confidence in the Criminal Justice System
I believe that if we create real opportunities for individuals to have their voices heard we can change the system for the better.
That means listening to the victims of crime – understanding how we allow them to engage and feel supported by the police or the courts.
It means understanding the motivation behind offenders, treating them as individuals so that the underlying cause of their offending can be addressed.
It means making sure the Police are transparent and accountable for their decision making. Making sure those communities who often feel overlooked get the chance to challenge and feel protected.
Fight for a Fair Funding Settlement
Merseyside has been one of the worst places hit by the Tory Government’s policy of austerity. Not only has Merseyside Police lost a third of its funding, but local councils, health agencies, youth centres, third sector, probation and so many other organisations have suffered devastating funding cuts too.
This can only lead to a situation where the public is less safe.
Merseyside has unique challenges and right now there just isn’t the resource needed to properly tackle crime and keep communities safe.
It is vital that we have a strong Labour voice as PCC challenging the Government and fighting to make sure we have the money we need to keep our streets safe.
Be Visible and Accountable
There is still a lot of misunderstanding about the role of the PCC and it is important that we ensure that whoever takes up the role is visible and accountable to the people of Merseyside. The PCC should be the public’s voice on policing and it is essential that they have the means of listening to the public.
The public also need to see what value having a Labour PCC can offer them in terms of challenging the austerity from Government and holding Merseyside Police to account.