On 5th May, you will be able to vote for your police and crime commissioner (PCC). The job of the PCC is to oversee the police and ensure that they are prioritising what matters to you. Elections will be taking place in England and Wales, excluding London and Greater Manchester. Police and crime commissioners are elected by you to ensure the policing needs of your community are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your area. 40 PCCs will be elected across England and Wales (excluding London and Greater Manchester). The PCC in your area holds your police force to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. Their aim will be to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective. PCCs bring a public voice to policing and they do this by:
- engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans ;
- ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and
- appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable.
Work with others PCCs also work with your council and other organisations to promote and enable joined up working on community safety and criminal justice. The PCC does not ‘run’ the police force. Chief constables are responsible for the day to day operations of the police, but they are accountable to the public via the police and crime commissioner.
PCCs ensure an effective policing contribution alongside other partners to national arrangements to protect the public from other cross-boundary threats. Represent the entire community PCCs are required to swear an oath of impartiality when they are elected to office. The oath is designed so that PCCs can set out publicly their commitment to tackling their role with integrity. It reflects the commitment police officers make to serve every member of the public impartially and makes clear that they are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate. Find your candidate This booklet contains information on the candidates standing for election in Nottinghamshire police force area.
You can also order a copy of this booklet in the following formats: large print, braille and audio. To place your order visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk or call 0800 1070708. About your vote You need to be registered to be able to vote. If you are not registered visit http://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or contact your local council. If you are registered, and eligible to vote you can either vote in person at a polling station, by post, or by proxy (allowing someone you trust to vote on your behalf). In this election you can vote for a first and second preference of who you want to win.
For more information about your vote and other elections taking place on 5th May visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
Tony Bates Independent
I am an independent candidate who strongly believes that the job of holding the Chief Constable to account should not be motivated by a political or personal agenda.
My decision to stand is partly driven by the concern I have about the proposed merger of the Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County police divisions, currently widely unopposed and without public consultation.
The challenges facing policing in the city and county are very different. Over recent years, thanks to excellent partnership working between the police, local authorities, neighbourhood and community groups, crime in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire has dropped. This is because in each area there is someone ultimately accountable for policing. If the merger went ahead, Nottingham would be the only city of its size not to have a unique police division. No one wants us to fall behind other cities and return to the dark days over a decade ago with a reputation for gun crime and binge drinking.
If elected, I will review the salary of the commissioner and staff. The £75,000 annual commissioner salary would be halved and the £90,000 a year Chief Executive reviewed as this is unacceptable, especially as public sector cuts are harming front-line services and front-line policing.
Savings on my salary and current deputy would be spread amongst five deputies, representing all sections of the community including young people.
Most local people don’t know what the role of the commissioner is; I would communicate far better and give the community a bigger voice.
Vote for me on May 5th and I will fight for Nottinghamshire to have the policing it deserves.
Prepared by Paula White, Election Agent, 7 Genesis Park, Midland Way, Nottingham, NG7 3EF
Contact details Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: Twitter.com/bates4PCC Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bates4pcc
Tony Harper The Conservative Party Candidate
Tony is a recently retired senior police officer, and was born and bred in Nottinghamshire. Having served in the Police force for 36 years, he has experience in virtually every aspect of policing for example CID, roads policing, budget management, community relations and neighbourhood policing. Tony’s four pledges are:
- To improve neighbourhood policing As a retired senior police officer, he understands how important neighbourhood policing is to make sure people feel safe in their communities and to act as a deterrent of crime.
- To protect response policing We should make more use of fire stations, ambulance stations and other public buildings to provide more local operating bases for response officers. We owe a more rapid response to the people we serve.
- Reduce the fear of crime and support victims of crime It is imperative that we reduce the ‘fear of crime‘ throughout Nottinghamshire, even people living in the safest parts of the county can have their quality of life detrimentally affected by this. We need to improve the support for victims of crime.
- Be more efficient with the money and resources. As a former senior police officer, he knows where savings can be made and re-invested in neighbourhood and response policing. Everything we do must be focused on front line policing.
He understands the importance of listening and passing on the views of all residents of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. He would be proud to represent his home county as the Police and Crime Commissioner, making sure Nottinghamshire Police improves to become one of the best Police Forces in the country.
Prepared by Bethan Eddy, Election Agent, on behalf of Tony Harper both of 1 King Edward Court, King Edward Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EW
Contact details Website: http://www.tonyharper.org.uk Email: email@example.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TonyHarperPCC Telephone: 0115 948 4533
Fran Loi UK Independence Party (UKIP)
The interest of law-abiding citizens of Nottinghamshire and the victims of crime must always take precedence over those of criminals. I am standing as UKIP’s Candidate because I believe that our police force should be held to account by someone who is not part of the establishment and who will scrutinise the strategic partnerships between police and local authorities. During my career, I have specialised in project management of taking under-performing businesses, holding senior management to account and turning organisations around during financial difficulties. Nottinghamshire Police are in a poor financial position that has led to cuts to the front line and stations are closing. I will aim to:
- Have a zero tolerance to crime, reverse cuts to front line services.
- Repair the bridge of trust between the people of Nottinghamshire communities and police.
- Have more visible police, fully versed in common law to ensure people’s rights and property are protected.
- Improve policing and deterrents to boost safety in our City and town centres, especially for the night time economy.
- Provide a walk-in centre for members of the public and community groups to meet with the PCC team.
- Introduce community policing, to ensure rural areas have a local face and local point of contact.
- To prioritise the investigations into child sexual abuse and co-operate fully with the Goddard enquiry coming to Nottingham. This dark shadow has been cast over Nottingham for far too long, the survivors and victims need increased support and justice must be served.
If elected as PCC, I will uphold a 100% commitment to openness and transparency within the PCC office. Prepared by Lee Waters, Election Agent on behalf of Fran Loi, both of UKIP Nottinghamshire, 106 High Main Drive, Bestwood Village, Nottingham, NG6 8YX
Contact details Website: http://www.franloi.info Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: twitter.com/FrancoisLoi Text: 07739 967639
Paddy Tipping Labour Party
It has been an enormous privilege being Nottinghamshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, making the county a safer place for all our communities. In the last four years, I’ve recruited more police officers and PCSOs despite funding cuts, given victims of crime a voice, properly funded victim services, and made tackling domestic violence a priority. But there is unfinished business. I’m asking you for a mandate to continue working to keep your communities safe. For almost fifty years, Nottinghamshire has been my home. I know its people and, importantly, their issues and concerns when it comes to crime and community safety. Policing is going through huge change as it adapts to the challenges of 21st Century crime and funding. Yet, at its heart, it must remain a service which keeps you safe, reduces and prevents crime, and is held accountable. As PCC, I will ensure you have a voice in shaping the way we police the streets of Nottinghamshire. I will:
- work with the Chief Constable to maintain neighbourhood police teams.
- commission even better services for victims of crime. For too long domestic crimes have been hidden. I am committed to tackling domestic violence against women and girls, and I will target hate crime.
- tackle the increased risk of cyber crime and online fraud, working with partners to safeguard young people both online and on our streets.
- ensure Nottinghamshire residents are best protected from terrorism using intelligence analysis and an increased armed patrol presence.
- keep my promise that victims of historic abuse in local children’s homes receive both support and the public inquiry they deserve.
I am proud of what we have achieved and believe, with your support, I can continue making Nottinghamshire a safer place. Prepared by Mark Glover, Election Agent, 30 Station Road, Carlton, Nottingham NG4 3AX
Contact details Website: http://www.paddy4pcc.co.uk
Jason Zadrozny Independent
“More and more people are telling me that they want to see an end to politics at the top of policing” says County Councillor Jason Zadrozny. Jason says his campaign will be about refocusing Nottinghamshire Police Force. He will root out police corruption, he will demand more front-line officers and ensure there are no more police station closures. Jason, formerly a member of the County’s Police Authority and former Leader of Ashfield District Council, is clear that only he has the experience to bring about the urgent change needed to improve local policing. At the last set of PCC Elections in 2012, an Independent Candidate came closest to beating Labour. Jason said: “Since I announced my intention to stand for election, I have been contacted by members of all political parties with kind words and encouragement. It is clear that this election will be a tight race between myself and Labour.” Nottinghamshire Police have closed police stations, cut officer numbers and axed services right across our County and City. At the same time, they have increased spending on expensive spin doctors, increased pen-pushers and hiked up your council tax. The job of a PCC is to decide police priorities. At the moment they seem determined to protect their dwindling authority at the expense of protecting the people of Nottinghamshire.
- Scrap Labour’s waste on spin doctors.
- Invest in frontline services.
- Put more bobbies back on the beat in your area.
- Not close any more Police Stations.
- Ensure a fairer distribution of policing resources between the City and County.
- Make your streets, parks and town centres feel safer.
Supporting Jason would mean real change here this time.
This statement has been prepared by the Election Agent: Helen Smith, 33 High Street, Stanton Hill, Nottinghamshire, NG17 3GG.
Contact details Email: Cllr.email@example.com Twitter: Twitter.com/jzadrozny Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ashfieldjasonzadrozny Telephone: 01623 613495
Meet the candidates at one of the following meetings:
- Wed 20 April 5.30pm-7.30pm, NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham
- Thu 21 April 5.30pm-6.30pm broadcast on Notts TV
- Thu 27 April (time to be confirmed) Carlton, Nottingham (Nottingham Post event)
- Tue 3 May 7-9pm, Trent Vineyard, Lenton, Nottingham (Nottingham Assembly event)
- Wed 4 May (time to be confirmed) Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham (Arnold Association of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes event).
Contact the organisers for details of ticket availability.