PCC CANDIDATE PROFILES: UKIP Lea Trainer
UKIP candidate, and father-of-three Lea Trainer belives the role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people.
Mr Trainer has been travelling around the Thames Valley on the campaign trail, and says that while the range of issues differs across the communities, if he were PCC he would make sure that everyone’s voice was heard.
He said: “The campaign is going extemely well, it is clear that Thames Valley is such a vast area that police prioritie sin different places are going to be different.
“What also shocked me is that many people don’t even know about the elections, I feel that the government, and previous PCCs should have done more to promote this role. “
He added: “If I were PCC I would not just be sitting in my office on Oxford, I would be out there meeting people and finding out what they need.
“There are a range of issues, from people feeling that rural communities need equal support, to people who are worried about gatherings of young people outside their local shop.
“Then, of course, you speak to people who are worried about bigger issues like child sexual exploitation and organised crime.
“But the bottom line is that people from everywhere I have been have said that they want to see more police presence and that there is not enough visibility.
“This is not to say that the police are not doing a good job, but this is something I would like to address.”
And Mr Trainer said that while he would like to make promises about what he will and won’t do as PCC, he is aware that on-going budget contraints inflicted on forces by the government may require some sacrifices.
He said: “I can’t and will not promise anyting, because as PCC I would have no say in the budget or operational responsibilities for the force.
“But I am there to sit round the table and make sure that the people have a voice when decisions on how to spend that money are made.”
Hailing from Slough, Mr Trainer served in the Royal Navy for six years, and currenyly works in a pupil referal unit for young people who do not attend mainstream school.
He is married to Kirsty, and they have three children Schott, 14, Brianna, four and Frankie aged three.
He said: “Our favourite things to do as a family are to have adventures.
“Over the years we have kept birds, hens, chickens and a duck and love to get involved in the community.”