“More PCs, less PC” – That’s the pledge from Ros Munro, the Conservative Party candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Northumbria who wants to see police move away from virtue signalling and focus on the job of arresting criminals and keeping people safe.
33 year old Ros lives in Northumberland with her husband Greg. She works for a housing organisation that works to ensure that new houses built in the United Kingdom are of a good standard for residents. Legally qualified, and having spent time working at a solicitors firm , Ros is currently the only candidate with the experience to deliver for residents as the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Ros is aware of the size of the challenge. Crime in Northumbria has risen over the last year, and the current Labour PCC, Kim McGuinness, has presided over a drop in the level of public confidence in Northumbria Police, which will undoubtedly dent the confidence of our hardworking local officers. McGuinness has recently been publicly criticised for her failure to hold Northumbria Police’s management to account for a lack of action dealing with a number of serious incidents, instead focussing on her own campaign to become the North East Mayor. While Labour have selected another career politician as their candidate, Ros has pledged to put the politics aside and focus on the job of cutting crime. Her plan includes:
· Getting tougher on offenders and ensure that Northumbria Police have the resources, facilities and cell space to properly enforce the law, and securing more officers on the frontline across the Northumbria Police area.
· Taking a no-nonsense approach to fighting crime, with a reduction crime numbers and putting in place strategies to deal with violent, knife and acquisitive crime and violence against women and girls.
· Keeping the policing precept of our Council Tax as low as possible after years of continual Labour increases.
“We need Northumbria Police to focus less on PC media campaigns, and more on getting PCs on the streets. We need to get back to the basics in Northumbria and stop trying to police “woke” issues, like spats on social media. I want to see more police officers on the streets, robustly and energetically dealing with the issues that matter to our communities, which will act as a deterrent for offending.
“In April this year we met the Conservative Party’s 2019 manifesto pledge to increase police numbers across the country by 20,000. Across Northumbria that has amounted to 705 new recruits, yet crime is continuing to rise and public confidence in our police is falling.
“Improving Northumbria Police is possible, but to do this, we need a Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner, who will put residents first and focus on the job of cutting crime.”