Jane Kennedy, Labour's candidate for Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner, launched her campaign pledges this week in Sefton.
Jane was joined by Sefton Council leader Cllr Peter Dowd, Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson, Bootle MP Joe Benton, local councillors and supporters as she unveiled her campaign pledges.
As the deadline closed for nominations for the Police and Crime Commissioner, Jane launched her campaign at police stations throughout Sefton, including Marsh Lane, Crosby, Formby and Maghull.
If elected as Merseyside's first Police and Crime Commissioner on November 15, Jane pledges to:
- Stand up for communities against the Tory/Lib Dem cuts to policing and the loss of over 16,000 police officers in England.
- Keep police and PCSOs on the beat with neighbourhood policing, not hand it over to private companies.
- Target gun, gang and violent crime as a top priority.
- Back a strong and swift response to anti-social behaviour because victims should get a response within 24 hours.
- Be tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime. Jane will establish a strong and effective Merseyside partnership with police, local people and councils to tackle and prevent crime.
Bootle MP Joe Benton said: "I have known Jane Kennedy for many years. I've had the privilege of being her Parliamentary colleague and I witnessed first hand her concern for the communities in which she served.
"She proved to be an excellent Government Minister and a first class Member of Parliament.
"Her vast knowledge of policing issues will serve this area well in her role as Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner.
"I ask everybody to give her their full support on November 15. She will be an asset to policing in Bootle."
Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said Jane has first hand knowledge of the concerns of the people of the communities in which he serves.
Bill said: "Jane Kennedy regularly campaigns with us in Crosby, Maghull and Formby and heard for herself the concerns of the people of Sefton.
"She has heard for herself the main policing issues in the area. She has heard the concerns that people here in Sefton have about the cuts to police numbers in the borough and the concerns that people have about the closure of the enquiry desks at many stations in Sefton.
"She has drawn up her pledges after listening to those concerns which she is determined to tackle if elected as Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner on November 15.
"I can think of no better person to do the job."
Former Government Minister Jane said she was delighted to be the candidate for the Labour Party.
Jane said: "In Labour's 13 years in Government, we increased the numbers of police officers out on the street. We invested in the force and made crime a priority. By doing so crime rates dropped.
"This Tory-Lib Dem Government's cuts to police numbers on Merseyside will reverse the positive effects of the Labour Government's investment in the police and severely damage the good work which Merseyside Police has done over the years.
"At a time when gun and gang crime needs to be a top priority, the Tories and Lib Dems are taking away the vital resources that Merseyside Police need to combat this danger on our streets.
"If I am elected on November 15, I will do all I can to work with our Chief Constable, and with our local authorities throughout Merseyside, to negate the effect of the cuts and work hard to maximise the resources that Merseyside Police need to continue the excellent work they do.
"I will continue to listen to the people of Merseyside to hear what their concerns are and what they think the priorities for their communities should be and I will ensure that we get the kind of police force that we here on Merseyside need."