Merseyside PCC profiles: Labour's Jane Kennedy - 'I'll re-shape all law and order'

By Marc Waddington on Nov 1, 12 10:38 AM in Merseyside

Jane_Kennedy_pcc.jpgLABOUR candidate Jane Kennedy said as Merseyside's police commissioner she would revolutionise the whole of the criminal justice system in the region.

She stressed that the fact the role's full title is police and crime commissioner meant that there was an opportunity to knock every level of law and order into shape.

Former MP Mrs Kennedy, who represented the Broadgreen and then Wavertree constituencies for 18 years, said: "I believe there are real opportunities to examine the whole system and call to account all agencies who have a part to play in reducing crime.

"If you can forge strong, real partnerships between agencies like the youth justice service, the probation service, the prison service, the voluntary and community sector, the faith sector, and if you can get them all working together in a co-ordinated way, I believe you can maintain very good services across Merseyside through that."

She added that she recognised that the government could be attempting to "shift the blame" if, as a result of spending cuts on law and order - estimated at around 60% - crime was to rise.

She added: "But I do believe they actually believe that this is going to introduce more accountability.

"This is going to be an extremely challenging job, but I believe Labour chose me because of my experience (as a home officer minister) in Northern Ireland, where after the Good Friday Agreement we were reducing budgets for policing and moving policing on."

Mrs Kennedy added that, on Merseyside, her good relations with all the political leaders in the region, both at council and parliamentary level, meant she could get them all working together well, even if each are may have different crime and community safety priorities.

"Sometimes they may see there is work going on in other boroughs but don't appreciate how good that work is. I think working together we could get the best practice across the whole region, and that's achieved by co-operation and dialogue and not megaphone diplomacy."

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