Lord Prescott pledges to tackle anti-social behaviour if he becomes Humberside police commissioner
Lord Prescott says tackling antisocial behaviour in North Lincolnshire will be one of his top aims if he becomes the region's police commissioner.
The former Deputy Prime Minister, who was this week announced as the Labour candidate for the role, told the Telegraph in an exclusive interview that listening to young people would be vital to stamp out problems in the area.
He said: "Tackling antisocial behaviour seems the thing I have been hearing when speaking to people in Scunthorpe.
"The young people will play a major part in this, on how you deal with antisocial behaviour.
"The visibility of officers and how this is dealt with is very different across the force from what I have seen.
"We introduced community policing and I have some strong ideas on how to use this to tackle antisocial behaviour.
Lord Prescott said the demographics of the Humberside Police area made it important to hear the views of each of the communities.
He said: "I know the perception of many people is that the Humber Bridge is the dividing line between the north and the south bank.
"I have some firm ideas, but it is important to find out what the community wants.
"The difficulty is that this will be different for the people in Scunthorpe, Grimsby, Hull and Bridlington."
Elections for the £75,000 a year commissioner role will take place on November 15.
But the idea of an elected police and crime commissioner was not something he or his party supported.
"I did not vote for this and neither did my party vote for putting the power in one person's hands," he said.
"However, one thing the commissioner role means is that decisions on policing policy will be made by people rather than within the police."
Lord Prescott said the battle with Keith Hunter for the Labour candidacy had been a close run thing, but he is hoping the two can work together.
No official Conservative candidate has yet been put forward. East Riding councillor Matthew Grove is so far the only Conservative to throw his hat into the ring.