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Police & Crime Commissioner election: Marion Mason - UKIP
MARION Mason became the final candidate to add her name to the list when she was officially accepted the day entries for the position closed.
The Stevenage-based former UKIP councillor who runs a care home in the town says she wants to make the county’s streets a safer place to be by increasing the number of officers walking the beat rather than patrolling in cars.
She is also keen to ensure back office functions continue to be undertaken by the police, rather than by a private company.
She said: “I want safer streets, I want the ability to walk safely in the streets with children and grandchildren and I do want to see the presence of police on the beat.
“I would like to see more police than we have at the moment, more police out walking along rather than screaming along in fast cars.
“I don’t support outsourcing sections of the police, a little bit of strategic thinking would work.”
Giving her opinion on the controversial police proposal to prevent pubs and clubs selling alcohol, Ms Mason said she would support the move but wanted greater consultation to be carried out.
She said: “You do have an intensity of night clubs in a small area and I know that causes some of the crime figures and causes disruption to the people of Watford.
“I can understand the council’s reservations because the nightclub area you have got here is business but unfortunately you have had a high level of crime and it’s mostly people from outside.
“We need to think about what the time element could be.”