STUART Penketh, Conservative candidate for Ellesmere Port & Neston, accepted Inspector Richard Rees’ offer to join police officers out on patrol.
He followed Sergeant Carlos Brunes around the borough from 6-11pm on Saturday.
Mr Penketh said: “The officers I met were a credit to the force. They are dedicated and passionate about delivering a good policing service to the people of Ellesmere Port and Neston. It was an enjoyable but gruelling time out on patrol.
“Due to the rain it was quieter than a usual Saturday night but this did allow me to talk to the officers and CPSOs on duty.
“This highlighted what a dedicated team of officers the borough has, the different crime the two towns suffer from and gave me an insight into the problems the police officers on the front line suffer from.”
He added: “I would repeat my call to the Home Office, the Treasury and the Government for the police to receive extra funding to stop staffing shortages, which is a pressing issue.”
Mr Penketh’s patrol took him through the Westminster and Rossmore areas to see officers dealing with under-age drinking and he watched while they apprehended a suspect who had skipped bail.