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Two more seek post of police commissioner

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 15, 2012

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Two new candidates – both from the western end of the region – have entered the contest to be the new Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner.

Graham Calderwood, a solicitor with 40 years in the criminal justice system, from Lelant, near St Ives, will stand as an independent in the poll.

Meanwhile, Bob Smith, who lives outside Penzance, has been unveiled as UK Independence Party candidate.

The 60-year-old, who is married with four children, is a psychologist. "This is a new and exciting opportunity to develop an effective and transparent partnership between the police and the community," he said. "I will work hard to make sure that the partnership would quickly gain the respect of both the public and the force."

Mr Calderwood said he was standing as an independent as "there should be no role for politics in this position".

As a duty solicitor for 40 years, he said he had seen the criminal justice from both sides of the fence.

He added: "I am keen we keep our bobbies on the beat rather than tie them up for long periods in the custody centres."

The two candidates from West Cornwall join two others in the race from the area, including Tony Hogg, a former commander of RNAS Culdrose in West Cornwall, who is standing for the Conservatives, and former farmer William Morris, from Penzance.

Former Detective Chief Inspector Brian Blake was selected by the Liberal Democrats and Plymouth councillor Nicky Williams for Labour. Lib Dem councillor Brian Greenslade, a former chairman of the authority and once Devon County Council leader, is to stand as an independent.

John Smith, a former Lib Dem councillor on Devon County Council and another former authority chairman, has also put forward his name as an independent. Nominations close on October 19.

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  • charliebravo  |  October 21 2012, 11:13PM

    It's less than 3 weeks to these so-called elections and I've seen virtually nothing from the candidates to say what their platform (proposed policies) would be. What little has been reported as "Policy" are largely operational matters from which the new Commissioner is excluded. Nobody seems to have said anything about budget emphasis, nor qualities to look for in a chief constable, nor what key performance indicators he would use to assess the performance of the uniformed staff, all of which are matters that are part of the Commissioners job. Do any of the candidates know the job description? CVB

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