With nominations still open for next month’s Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner election, the Liberal Democrats have formally launched their campaign.
The party’s candidate, Jacky Howe, pledged to treat domestic violence as an “absolute priority” and work closely with her counterparts across county boundaries and other emergency service leaders.
She accused the county’s current commissioner, Stephen Bett, of “empire building.”
And she added: “I want to see policing brought closer to the people, meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people in our communities, supporting victims and bringing reassurance to those living in fear of crime.”
Her campaign was also given the backing of the party’s sole Norfolk MP, North Norfolk’s Norman Lamb.
He said: “Her blend of political, management and decision-making skills would make her an effective PCC and she has my full and enthusiastic support.
“Liberal Democrats want to give ‘power to the people’ and as Norfolk’s PCC, Jacky will begin to do just that.”
Mrs Howe is one of five candidates expected to be confirmed in the contest when nominations close this Thursday.
The others are Stephen Bett (Independent, incumbent), Lorne Green (Conservative), Chris Jones (Labour) and David Moreland (UKIP).
The election takes place on Thursday, May 5.