Reader's Letter: Time to decide on Police and Crime Commissioner

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Ever wondered about what the Police and Crime Commissioner does for your money? This Thursday's local elections include the chance to vote for a Lib Dem, Tory, Reform UK or Labour candidate to oversee Cheshire Police. I suspect most people will have little idea what they stand for and I have had just one candidate's campaign leaflet through the door, with the usual 'please all' promises. Whatever happens one of them is set to get a handsome salary at our expense for an extra layer of bureaucracy, introduced by the Government, between the chief constable and Cheshire East and West Councils.

You may have noticed that every year the biggest above inflation increase in your council tax bill comes from the police precept. We are never told why this is. You may also have noticed that many of our police forces are reportedly not doing well on keeping up with crime. Greater Manchester Police have now been placed in special measures after a catalogue of failures over several years. The Police have a tough job and we wish them well, but there seems to be systemic failures in management that need sorting out. Instead of feel-good platitudes, we need answers from our Police and Crime Commissioners that are not forthcoming.

Brian McGavin

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Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 6:46 pm
About sums it up
Peter Davenport
Wednesday 5th May 2021 at 9:27 pm
What I would like to see and hear, that as we pay for their services (sic) that they stop wasting their time with complaints about Social media. All they should say is " if you get abuse, it is probably your fault", and cancel your account and never get any more abuse. Also I was brought up to respect all people, and to think that part of our covers the time the police "are doing the kneel", they should be catching criminals, or making certain that motorists obey the rules, which is obvious in this part of Wilmslow, by too many are speeding and using the phone. If the rule was 3 times caught, the car was confiscated, they would behave.
Peter Davenport
Simon Worthington
Thursday 6th May 2021 at 12:27 pm
They have no interest in potential criminal actions/misfeasance in public office by police officers.

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