Kris Brown's number one priority is to abolish the role of Police and Crime Commissioner. Kris believes until that happens that the Police Commissioner should be the voice of the people to the police. Not the other way round.
However, many feel that there's no voice at all with the Police Commissioner. Record low election turnouts and vast numbers of people not able to name the current Police Commissioner. The role simply hasn't worked to provide the link from local communities to the very top.
If elected, Kris will:
- Be Merseyside's last Police Commissioner and immediately set out plans abolish the role of elected Police Commissioner, saving at least £800,000 a year - money that could be spent on front line policing.
- Only take half the salary of the role until the position is gone.
- With the Police Commissioner gone, Kris will bring police accountability back to local communities - by establishing ward based forums for councillors, police, members of the community to meet with their police teams, and use an allocated local fund for projects to reduce crime in their area.
- Keep the Chief Constable in check by strengthening the Merseyside Police and Crime Panel and ensuring that some powers of the PCC are merged with the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region.
- Seek to end knife, gun and other violent crimes - not just through greater enforcement but through tackling the route causes linked to health inequality and education.
- Protect civil liberties, by opposing the illiberal Policing Bill. Kris will always protect your freedoms. Your right to protest peacefully and voice political dissent without the worry of arrest.
- Create a zero tolerance approach to traffic crime by creating a new, joint partnership approach to stamp out illegal pavement parking and speeding in local communities.
- Facilitate an evidence based conversation around drugs reform and reform how police resources are used in this area - in particular relation to the use of cannabis. Whether Kris wins or loses, he will seek to establish a new drugs commission to get experts round the table to look at the health pros and cons and the economic benefits of legalisation.
- As part of the Liberal Democrats UK wide plan to invest an extra £300 million a year into police budgets, Kris will increase community policing in Merseyside by giving local police forces the funding they need to reverse the increase in violent crime, boost community confidence and increase the flow of community intelligence. Promote a community restorative justice programme to target those at risk of offending.
- Despite Brexit, work to maintain cross-border co-operation in combating serious organised crime, including international fraud and child sexual exploitation, by retaining the principles of the former European Arrest Warrant, membership of Europol and access to EU information databases.
- Continue the campaign to make street harassment a crime and launch a huge education programme across Merseyside to raise awareness.
- Work with organisations such as the National Black Police Association to increase ethnic diversity and BAME participation in the police.
- Provide more support for victims of rape and domestic abuse.
- Create a new participation fund to attract more women into the police and its leadership positions.