Norfolk Liberal Democrats have announced their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election to be held on May 6th, the same day as the County Council elections.
He is, John Crofts, a retired Headmaster, from Ringstead in North West Norfolk. Speaking at the launch of his campaign, John said, “In a world where many crimes are on the rise and police forces are under pressure due to reduced funding, we need to increase the visibility of police in our communities to both combat crime, but also, just as important, to boost the confidence of our local communities. Only through understanding the needs of every person and supporting them properly can we hope to work effectively.”
More About John Crofts
John Crofts, a retired Headmaster, living in Ringstead in North West Norfolk, is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the election next May to be the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk. John enjoyed a good relationship with his local force during his time working in Hunstanton. Now as a governor of schools in West Norfolk and in Norwich, John sees the importance of the educational role of the police in working with young people and their communities.
‘"In a world where many crimes are on the rise and police forces are under pressure due to reduced funding we need to increase the visibility of police in our communities to both combat crime, but as importantly to boost the confidence of our communities. Only through understanding the needs of every person and supporting them can we hope to work together."
John is particularly keen to support the many people in society who are victims of crime, but don’t feel they are being listened to when it comes to the criminal justice system. Part of this is ‘Restorative Justice’, which brings those damaged by crime and those responsible for the damage into communication and this needs to be extended. ‘Empowering the victim and enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward must be a sensible element in moving forward.’
A significant difference between this P&CC election and other elections in England is the use of a transferable voting system. This allows voters to express their first and second choices amongst the candidates on offer, which makes it far more democratic.