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These 10 Police Commissioner candidates want YOUR vote - here's why

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 10, 2012

  • Brian Blake

  • Tony Hogg

  • Ivan Jordan

  • Bob Smith

  • Graham Calderwood

  • John Smith

  • Nicky Williams

  • Tam Macpherson

  • William Morris

  • Brian Greenslade

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Brian Blake — Liberal Democrat, 65, from Yealmpton

"On November 15 the people of Devon and Cornwall will have a real opportunity to have a say in the way the police serve them by voting for a Police and Crime Commissioner. I am a former Detective Chief Inspector in the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and served for 31 years in CID Special Branch and Regional and National Crime Squads. I know policing first hand. I will be able to ensure the Chief Constable delivers policing which reflects your concerns for that of your family and community safety."

Graham David Calderwood — Independent, 67, from Lelant, near St Ives

"I have 40 years' experience in the criminal justice system. I am someone who knows where we can improve and become more efficient. We need many independent candidates like me to be elected. As truly an independent I have no canvassers or party to support me. As far as I can see, I am the only candidate with recent direct and current experience of the criminal law system where it happens; in the police stations and courts. Much more relevant experience than some candidates who have served only on the police authority."

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Brian Greenslade, Independent, 63, from Barnstaple

"I believe it's obscene for the Government to be spending £80million on the PCC election at this time of austerity while cutting the Police Grant which means losing 700 officers in Cornwall, Devon and the Isles of Scilly. However, we are where we are. Therefore, I am offering my very considerable experience of policing and crime issues and of working with communities based on my membership of the Police Authority. In particular as the chairman of the Police Resources Committee, I have very extensive experience of managing the very large police budget. I also think it's wrong to bring party politics into policing."

Tony Hogg, Conservative, 63, from Helston

"I am campaigning on strong leadership and wide experience: in the navy I captained five ships and an establishment of 3,000 people with a £90million budget. I argued complex funding issues in Whitehall and selected candidates for top positions. After seven years in industry, I was chief executive of a specialist charity supporting young people with very troubled backgrounds. My priorities are clear leadership to lift police morale, tackling serious crime by having a strong police force, visible policing with communities playing their part and early intervention to turn around the lives of young people. If elected I will serve the community impartially."

Ivan Jordan, Independent, 39, from Exeter

"I am not a politician, and I have never been a member of a party. I want to be your police commissioner because I have a vision of a safer future for ourselves and our police service. Please see my website www.jordanforpcc.co.uk Crime changes the victim's life, no amount of punishment or rehabilitation can restore what was before. So we must focus on prevention. If elected I will apply business management to the police budget, without privatisation, to resist further redundancies, use partnerships with other agencies and voluntary groups to focus on crime prevention and recruit more PCSOs."

Tam Macpherson Independent, 41, from, Plymouth

"A former Royal Marine and businessman, my principal aim is to bring the voice of the people into policing, tackling the things that the you say are important, not the political party. The chief constable, maintaining operational and tactical command, will be expected to meet local priorities reducing crime, anti social behaviour and the fear of crime in the community. Asking probing and testing questions, through a balance of transparency and scrutiny I will achieve an improved police service. External facing, having detailed regular briefings, I will shape our police service to that of public perceptions. I will be informative and engaging. Log on to www.tam4police.co.uk"

William Morris, Independent, 62, from Penzance

"You should vote for me because of my manifesto. This includes introducing zero tolerance policing in any area where there is a severe increase in street crime. It includes introducing new community payback schemes initiated directly by the police and reducing the use of asbos. It includes setting up Britain's only detox centre for under-21s. It includes establishing a crack team of specials to supplement night-time policing in crisis areas. It includes cracking down on alcohol-related crime. I will stand by every word of my manifesto and deliver better local policing than we have seen in many years."

Bob Smith, 60, UKIP, from Newmill, near Penzance

"The Police and Crime Commissioner post is a new one so there is a lot of listening and learning to be done before action is taken. This I intend to do. The post requires an ability to prioritise objectives and the ability to manage a significant budget. There is a need to manage and lead at a senior level. Each and every candidate needs to be aware that choices need to be made and a wrong choice could have significant consequences. I have wide experience in working in the private and public sector. Over the last 20 years I have worked as a psychologist."

John Smith, Independent, 70, from Teignmouth

He served for eight years on the local Police Authority and for four years was either chairman or vice chairman. He has other significant experience of managing large, big budget operations. A people person – youth worker, teacher and social worker, John has huge experience of serving people, including voluntary work. More recently he has created and run several significant companies in tourism, business management and consultancy. Two years ago John resigned from the Liberal Democrats over tuition fees, and stands as an independent. He believes policing should not be politicised and that the Commissioner should have no political links. Log on to www.pccdevonandcornwall.webs.com

Nicky Williams, Labour, 41, from Plymouth

"My first priority will be campaigning for a fairer deal for Devon and Cornwall. A fifth of our police will be cut by 2015. Government isn't taking into account our geographical area or the pressures caused by the influx of visitors over the holiday season. With reduced budgets we need to work in partnership to cut crime and cut re-offending. The power of the PCC is to bring councils, health, community and voluntary sectors together in a multi-agency approach to pool budgets and commission services to prevent crime, freeing the police to do what they do best, policing our streets. Log on to www.nickyjwilliams.com

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  • nicold  |  November 10 2012, 10:29AM

    What a motley crew! I will be looking for the box that I can tick, that says we don't need or want a high paid commissioner!

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