Marc Jones launches his Campaign to be Lincolnshire’s next PCC

* Marc was raised in a small rural Lincolnshire village and now lives on the outskirts of Lincoln.

* Marc has been married to Rachel for 21 years and the couple have one daughter, Tabitha, aged 7.

* Marc has a wide range of experience including many years assisting people with housing issues, running his own successful businesses, serving on Lincolnshire’s Drainage Boards, Investors in Lincoln and the Brayford Trust. He has also been a board member for Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG).

* In 2013 Marc stood for Lincolnshire County Council, he represents the Bracebridge Division in Lincoln and is currently the Executive member for Finance, overseeing the £1 billion annual budget as well as being responsible for 123 farms across the county covering some 20,000 acres.

* His interest in public service started with getting involved in a range of local community groups and campaigning for improvements to our local area. He has helped to set up youth groups, sat on residents’ panels working with police to deal with crime and anti-social behavior.

* Marc is also active in the community having been in a School Governor for a number of years and an enthusiastic fundraiser for several local and national causes.

* Marc has previously been Deputy Leader on the City of Lincoln Council gaining a range of experiences from leading on planning, economic development, finance and housing.

Marc Said:

“I am a Lincolnshire man born and bred and care passionately about our county and the need to constantly strive to improve things for the residents, businesses and visitors who come here.

“Whether it’s protecting people like my mother who now lives alone or ensuring the future is a safe one for children like my daughter; it is so important to me that we have the safest streets possible here in Lincolnshire and a police force which is the envy of the country.

“My priorities will be boosting both neighbourhood and rural policing as well as working with our hardworking officers to ensure victims of crime are at the forefront of everything we do.

“I will also be a Police and Crime Commissioner who will work in a positive way with our Government and MPs to get the best funding deal for Lincolnshire Police.”

“This election will be the most important ever for policing and crime in our county. It is vital that people have their say over how this hugely responsible role is carried out. Leaving this decision to chance is a risk no one should take.”

Marc Jones – 6 point plan for policing & crime in Lincolnshire

1 – INTRODUCE ‘COMMUNITY CONSTABLES’

Boost neighbourhood policing with a new ‘Community Constables’ scheme, recruiting local people willing to offer their time for the good of their community. This will put locally focused officers with powers of arrest at the heart of our communities.

2 – FOCUS ON CRIME PREVENTION

Ensuring a keen focus on helping the police to be where they want to be, out in our communities and not fighting with red tape. Preventing crime occurring in the first place reduces the number of victims of crime and the fear of crime.

3 – DEAL WITH RURAL CRIME SERIOUSLY

Hare coursing and issues such as theft of livestock, machinery, tools, vehicles and stock are costing jobs and damaging the local economy. An urgent review of the way rural crimes are tackled is needed to ensure our rural communities are kept safe.

4 – CLEAN UP OUR STREETS

Street drinking, fly-tipping, litter and excess noise are a blight on our towns and communities in Lincolnshire. Anti-social behaviour can lead to violent crime, domestic abuse and fear of crime. A zero tolerance approach is needed to stamp it out.

5 – TREAT VICTIMS OF CRIME COMPASSIONATELY

We must ensure that we treat victims of crime as people, not just a number. The experience of being a victim of crime is bad enough without feeling used by the system. Victims must be better supported with effective aftercare.

6 – SPEND TAXPAYERS MONEY WISELY

Over £165,000 was wasted on the unnecessary suspension of Lincolnshire’s Chief Constable in 2013 by the outgoing Commissioner. My experience handling £multi-million budgets will ensure similar waste is stopped, leaving more for front line policing.

Find out more about Marc here: www.marcjones.org.uk