Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has given his backing to the Conservative candidate for Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Victoria Atkins.

On 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales will elect a Police and Crime Commissioner. The Commissioner will provide strong local leadership to prevent crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area, subject to checks and balances by locally elected representatives.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Victoria AtkinsGeoffrey Clifton-Brown and Victoria AtkinsIn giving his support to Ms Atkins, Mr Clifton-Brown stated that, “I am delighted that local Conservatives have chosen Victoria Atkins as an exceptionally strong candidate for the job of Police and Crime Commissioner. Victoria lives in Gloucestershire and is an experienced criminal barrister who specialises in prosecuting serious, organised crime. Her experience in and out of court means she has been closely involved in dealing with some of the difficult issues that the police see each day. As your Police and Crime Commissioner, Victoria will listen to what you want from our police force and harness the professional skills of our officers to deliver that.”
Commenting on how she feels she have a positive impact on policing in Gloucestershire, Ms Atkins stated that, “As a leading criminal prosecutor, I understand law and order issues, I lead teams of police officers in fighting crime and I speak up for the decent majority. My priorities will be ensuring value for Gloucestershire taxpayers’ money and representing the views of Gloucestershire people on policing and crime issues. I look forward to listening to you about how we can make Gloucestershire safer.”

Source: Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown