Merseyside PCC profiles: UKIP's Hilary Jones pledges to cut red tape
EX-policewoman Hilary Jones - the UK Independence Party's candidate to be police commissioner - said she will cut the red tape that keeps officers off the streets.
Serving magistrate Mrs Jones, who also spent time in the Women's Royal Army Corps, said she believed too much police time was spent on paperwork rather than frontline policing.
She said: "I am not criticising the bobbies but the system currently in place keeps constables off the streets and stuck behind desks dealing with paperwork.
"At one stage of my career I worked as a fines enforcement officer for Wirral Magistrates Court but these days many offenders are just given a caution and not even charged.
"It makes the crime statistics look good but is it the right way to deal with the problems we face?
"I am very keen to help tackle the problems facing the modern police force and would concentrate my energies on building a new confidence in the relationship between the police and the public."
She added that she believed the role of police commissioner should be independent of party politics adding: "The police commissioner should protect local people and I have an absolute assurance from UKIP that they will not interfere in any way with me doing the job and I will be free to represent local people."
A councillor on Wirral council for 18 years Mrs Jones said she believed the police commissioner role was about restoring confidence in the relationship between the police and public and taking so-called "low-level crime" seriously.
She said: "I am very keen to help tackle the problems facing the modern police force and would concentrate my energies on building a new confidence in the relationship between the police and the public.
"This could be achieved by treating so-called low level crime with the same importance as other crimes.
"This would encourage the public to become more actively involved in reporting crimes if they thought would be given more assistance than just a crime number for insurance purposes."