Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Force Should Be Free of Political Ties' ; Greater Manchester's Only Independent Police Commissioner Candidate Says the Job Should Not Go to a Politician. Roy Warren Responds Here to Questions Answered by the Four Other Candidates in the M.E.N. Earlier This week.Roy Warren, Independent

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'Force Should Be Free of Political Ties' ; Greater Manchester's Only Independent Police Commissioner Candidate Says the Job Should Not Go to a Politician. Roy Warren Responds Here to Questions Answered by the Four Other Candidates in the M.E.N. Earlier This week.Roy Warren, Independent

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Why should we vote for you? I decided to offer myself for election because I passionately believe that the functioning of the police force should be absolutely independent of any political influence or interference and I am the only independent candidate not supported financially by any of the recognised political parties.

I believe we have the finest police force in the world.

It would be my intention to work tirelessly to support the police and the people of Greater Manchester who have a right and expectation that this truly great city of ours is safe.

As a current magistrate and past chairman of the Trafford Bench I have a wealth of experience in dealing with the judiciary, police, Crown Prosecution Service and all other related agencies incorporating detection, sentencing, punishment and rehabilitation of the criminals who blight our society.

Should police officers be routinely armed? I make no apology for stating that I am totally opposed to officers being armed. I believe that is also the view of the overwhelming majority of police officers.

Despite being opposed to armed police I believe the police and the general public should be protected from criminals who routinely arm themselves.

I believe the public can play a vital part in assisting the police by reporting any suspicions or knowledge they may have.

I think much tighter controls should be introduced at our ports to prevent the smuggling of guns. I strongly support tougher sentences for gun related crime.

Do you agree with the decriminisation of drugs? Despite growing opinion that some drugs should be reclassified I do not support that view.

Drug dealing and addiction lead to an escalation of associated criminal activity, particularly acquisitive crime such as street robberies and burglaries.

Police and Her Majesty's Customs do an excellent job detecting drug importation and prevent much of it reaching the streets. …

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