Home Secretary backs Peter’s plan to tackle crime and make Cumbria safer
HOME Secretary Theresa May has backed the Cumbrian Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate who she said would make the ‘ideal’ candidate to represent constituents in the county.
Peter met the Minister in London this week along with other candidates and took the opportunity to press the case for special consideration to target the challenges faced by the force in Cumbria, in relation to the geography and sparsely populated towns.
He said: Our challenges in policing are compounded by the Lake District mountains in the middle of the county and the difficult roads running along the west coast making reaction times and communications a challenge.”
“The current PCC, Richard Rhodes and our own Chief Constable have made the argument that our sparse population and geography along with the annual influx of millions of tourists make our policing a particular challenge which merits special consideration.
“I agree and if elected will continue to press the case very hard for Cumbria as I have already managed to do with both the Prime Minister and now on both occasions when I have met with the Home Secretary. In my service within the Ministry of Defence I have fought many such battles over funding under a number of governments and I will use this experience to protect funding for Cumbria.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, said: “I was delighted to meet Peter the other day in London. With his vast experience serving in the Army, he would make the ideal commissioner representing the people of Cumbria.
“Peter and I discussed the important decision we took to protect the policing budget over the course of this Parliament, to give the public and police officers confidence that forces have the resources they need to cut crime.
“We also discussed priorities for a new funding formula for policing and the challenges that smaller forces such as the one in Cumbria faces, such as tackling rural crime – which I know Peter is spearheading in his campaign. What is clear is that all our police forces are in safe hands under this Government, working with Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners locally.”
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