Peter McCall has been selected as the Conservative candidate in the Cumbrian Police and Crime Commissioner election.

Having served across the globe in the Army for the past 34 years, Mr McCall said he believes his experience in leadership, strategic planning and public administration set him apart, making him the ideal candidate to take on the exciting role.

He said: “I grew up in Cumbria and know what an amazing place it is. If elected I would ensure people across the region are looked after by our excellent force here.

Mr McCall added that among his priorities would be to tackle a host of issues which affect constituents across the county, including anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and rural crime. He also has plans to work with young people in the region to ensure they don’t fall into crime.

He said: “I have had experience of working with the police both in UK and overseas in both rural and urban areas, and I understand the ethos and culture of serving in a uniformed public service.

“Most importantly I have the integrity, enthusiasm, commitment to serve and energy for the job. I understand the challenge to balance scarce resource with maintaining law and good order, my highest priority is keeping the people of the county safe, which for me means that they should feel safe.

“I am not afraid to take robust decisions to achieve this, but I do believe that I can take the public with me, I will not be diverted by bureaucratic inertia, am an experienced and proven team builder, I get things done.”

“The key to a successful term as PCC is effective communication and working collaboratively with local authorities, councils and other local organisations including schools and the education sector.

“I am absolutely committed to take on this role and to engaging with the public to encourage local involvement in setting the Police and Crime Plan, controlling costs and reducing administration to support front line policing. I have the experience, personality, communication and leadership skills to achieve this.”

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