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Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner candidates named

By NDJNews  |  Posted: October 22, 2012

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THE names of the 10 people fighting to become the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall have been published.

They are: Brian Samuel Blake (Liberal Democrat) of Yealmpton, Devon; Graham David Calderwood (Independent), of Lelant and Carbis Bay, Cornwall; Brian Carol Greenslade (Independent) of Barnstaple, Devon; Tony Hogg (Conservative) of Helston, Cornwall; Ivan James Jordan (Independent) of Exeter; Tam Macpherson (Independent) of Plymouth; William Morris (Independent) of Penzance, Cornwall; John Smith (Independent) of Teignmouth, Devon; Robert Lee Smith (UKIP) from Ludgvan, Cornwall; Nicky Williams (Labour) from Plymouth.

The first elections of police and crime commissioners will take place on 15 November 2012.

The government says the job of the police and crime commissioner will be to ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bringing communities closer to the police, building confidence in the system and restoring trust.

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  • charliebravo  |  October 24 2012, 1:45PM

    The only comments that I have seen from the candidates relate to matters outside the commissioner's job description. When are they going to tell us what policies they propose to follow. They'll all say more bobbies on the beat. Even if this is a good idea - which it isn't - they don't say how they'll do it. It's the budget distribution that's important but none of the candidates mention that. Is that because it's too difficult? As for bobbies on the beat, what I'd like to see is bobbies on the side of the road with a bit of kit that when pointed at a car, tells them immediately whether the car approaching is licensed, taxed, MoT'd and insured. People who drive illegally also tend to other anti-social behaviour. This technology on the side of the road can give real intelligence into other criminal activity. When will we find out what the candidates stand for?

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  • Stork  |  October 22 2012, 2:01PM

    I have read much bumpf about the post of Police Commissioner, but I have yet to read how these new posts are going to be of benefit, to me. I suspect there will be no real benefit to the "ordinary man and woman in the street". It's going to be a political post, with Commissioners' toeing the Party Line. The first Commissioner's have to be elected, but there is now talk of "spin doctors" being appointed, on £50 k per year to "hype up" the Commissioner's profile. Crazy waste of taxpayers money, as usual.

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