Candidates bidding to be Lincolnshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are revealing their own plans to beat crime and speeding in rural towns like Long Sutton.
District councillor Jack Tyrrell, who last week asked the public if they would be willing to pay £3 a week for private security guards to patrol the streets, has invited Tory PCC candidate Marc Jones and UKIP PCC candidate Victoria Ayling to a public meeting in Long Sutton on March 22.
The step follows long-standing concern about a lack of police presence, a recent spate of house burglaries and fresh evidence about drivers flouting speed limits on routes to schools.
Police will also be invited but Coun Tyrrell insists the meeting is about finding solutions to problems rather than criticising Lincolnshire Police.
Coun Jones wants to recruit more police specials who, unlike PCSOs, have powers of arrest and says his “community constables” will be based where they live or work.
He says: “That would create a situation where we have community focused policing brought back into our towns and rural areas.”
Coun Jones is against private security guards patrolling the streets and says: “Policing is professional, it needs specialist training, and I would not want to see privately hired individuals trying to take on that role.”
Coun Tyrrell had no public support for his private security firm idea, and now says appointing community constables would be a good step if it leads to more police on the streets.
Coun Victoria Ayling wants PCSO’s to have more training, so they can be a first response to burglaries – gathering evidence at the scene so burglars are caught and taken off the streets, making residents safer. She also wants police to be more visible on the streets and greater emphasis on catching speeding motorists who charge through village 30mph limits at 60mph.