Merseyside PCC profiles: English Democrat Paul Rimmer - God will be my guide in my crusade
ENGLISH Democrat Paul Rimmer believes he has "God as his guide" in his crusade to become Merseyside police commissioner.
The Cambridge University graduate, who lives in Toxteth, believes the police have lost the moral high ground and rather than be reflective of society they need to be an example of a "higher calling".
Mr Rimmer said: "My religious beliefs would be my guide. I believe in truth, honesty, integrity, treating people with respect, being strong and standing up to evil.
"And the police should have a higher calling, the police should see themselves as fulfilling a calling because it's an important role to be guardians of society."
He said that his experience working in the financial sector had equipped him to deal with policing budgets which are being squeezed by up to 60% in coming years.
He added: "I have an unparalleled education with a first class honours degree from Cambridge, and as far as managing budgets goes I've worked in the City of London managing an investment trust of £2bn so a police budget of around £300m does not scare me at all.
"The big issue is budget restraints.
"I would know how to manage the budgets on a business model and would be strict on how the police manage their money."
He also criticised other candidates who would prioritise issues such as domestic violence and hate crime and he is currently in the process of taking the police to court for flying a gay-rights flag above Admiral Street police station, allegedly without planning permission.
He was also held in the cells for six hours after quoting the Bible at officers.
He said the most important criminal priority should be drugs, adding: "When Labour went soft on cannabis that produced a mushrooming of drug abuse in both private and public places.
"You would get off the bus and you could smell the smoke.
"The impression was given that it was OK and the police should be working very hard to put that genie back in the bottle."