Resisting further budget cuts and focusing on getting young people away from crime are the main aims of the latest candidate for a new role overseeing policing across Bedfordshire.
Ms Jack has been selected as the Lib Dem candidate for Police Crime and Commissioner ahead of the November 15 election.
She said: “Sorting out the budget is a main priority because we’ve already had 20 per cent cuts.”
She added: ”I’d like to prevent crime by looking at innovative ways to stop getting young people involved in the criminal justice system.
“Young people are disproportionately victims and perpetrators of crime.”
She also wanted to take a new stance on drug related crime, saying: “We need a different approach on how to tackle drugs because currently half of crime is drugs-related.”
The 57-year-old has past experience as a youth worker, a Bedford Borough councillor from 2002-2007, and as a parliamentary candidate in 2005 and 2010.
She is now setting up a consultancy firm to help young people become more financially-viable but if elected the PCC job would be her priority.
Ms Jack believes one of the positives of the police shake-up will be a closer link to the public that was not possible before.
She said: “I understand communities and people.
“I am somebody who is prepared to listen and be a voice on their behalf.”
Other candidates for the PCC role include Conservative Jas Parmar, Labour’s Olly Martins and British Freedom candidate Kevin Carroll.
The commissioner will oversee policing across Bedfordshire. They will replace police authorities, which currently fill the same role and are made up of a mixture of councillors, magistrates and independent members.
The commissioner’s responsibilities will include setting the force budget, publishing an annual report on performance, and both appointing and dismissing the chief constable.
Elections will take place on November, Thursday 15.
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