James Brokenshire has given his backing to Craig Mackinlay to become the first elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Kent. James joined Craig at the official launch of his campaign as Conservative candidate in Maidstone on Thursday (13 September).
The first elections for PCCs take place on 15 November providing the most significant democratic reform of policing. PCCs will replace invisible and unaccountable police authorities and will work with the police to cut crime, give the public a voice at the highest level and set the strategic priorities and local police force budget. In London the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime exercises the powers to be given to PCCs.
Commenting James said:
“Craig Mackinlay is a hard-working councillor and magistrate and has first-hand experience of helping people here in Kent. From everything that I have seen, I am confident you can expect Craig to cut crime if he is elected and he will do that by being a strong voice for local concerns.”