Nottinghamshire Live has reported:
The battle to secure one of the top jobs in tackling crime across Nottinghamshire has begun.
The full list of candidates for this year’s Police and Crime Commissioner election has been released and it is now down to the public to decide.
Police and Crime Commissioners were set up to deliver an effective and efficient police service and to hold the chief constable and the force to account.
They are answerable to the communities they serve and must work with the force to come up with initiatives to cut crime and are also responsible for how the money is spent.
Here are the list of candidates in alphabetical order by surname:
1.) The Conservative candidate is Caroline Henry.
Mrs Henry describes herself as ‘a career business woman’ who is married to Broxtowe MP Darren Henry.
She decided to run as a candidate after three of her close friends were burgled.
She said: “People in the city and the county need to see change. My three closest friends from Nuthall, Sherwood and Southwell have all been broken into.
“I don’t even leave my dog tied up outside when I pop into the Post Office because I am worried about the rise of dog thefts.
“Being born and bred here in Notts, it really matters to me that our community here are not victims of crime.
“We need to get tough on crime and make people feel safe where they live and work. People deserve better and we have come up with clear plans to make Notts safer.
“My pledge is to work tirelessly to tackle the problems which concern ordinary people across the county, to put the resources where they’re going to achieve real results, and to make the role of Police and Crime Commisioner count for the community.”
2.) The Labour candidate is Paddy Tipping
Mr Tipping served as a Labour Sherwood MP from 1992 to 2010, before becoming Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner in 2012.
He has held the position ever since describing it as ‘the best job he has ever had.’
Mr Tipping said during the last two years he had boosted the number of police officers in the force and ensured there was an Operation Reacher team in every neighbourhood to disrupt and dismantle criminals who make life a misery for residents.
He said ensuring areas blighted by crime such as the Arboretum – which has some of the highest crime rates in the city – would be a top priority if he is elected in again.
He said: “Police numbers are up and crime is down over the last two years.
“We have recruited 260 extra officers and next year after April 1, 100 further officers.
“We are recruiting faster here in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire than anywhere else in the country.”
“Crime had fallen in Nottinghamshire by 22 per cent, with knife crime falling by 11 per cent and burglary by 35 per cent.
“I said ‘we can get more police officers’ and I have and I said ‘let’s get knife crime down’ and we have and ‘let’s get more black officers’ and we have.
“I can’t change the world but I can make some changes for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire and make it a safer place to live.
“It is the best job I have ever had because I can change things.”
3.) The Liberal Democrat candidate is David Watts.
Mr Watts is the Bramcote councillor at Broxtowe Borough Council.
Mr Watts has been a councillor between 1999 and 2015 and then from May 2019 to the current time. He has decided to stand as police and crime commissioner.
He said: “I’m delighted to now be confirmed as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election in Nottinghamshire. I’d like to thank all my colleagues for putting their trust in me.
“This is the first time that the Lib Dems have contested the PCC elections in the county and so we’re going at this all guns blazing.
“In my campaign I’ll be highlighting three key aims. First the police and the public need to work in partnership to tackle crime, second the police and the criminal justice system must be given the resources to do their job properly, and third I want an evidence based approach, looking at what works and not just party political dogma.
“I do believe that I have the necessary skills to do the job well. I am a practising solicitor specialising in criminal law, and I hold degrees in Business Law (LLB) and in Criminology (MSc), together with a National Diploma in Business Studies and Finance.
“This gives me the academic and intellectual background necessary, plus the day to day practical experience of the system.”
The elections are being held on Thursday, May 6, between 7am and 10pm.
To vote on Thursday, May 6, you must be registered on the electoral roll or have applied to register by Monday, April 19.
The vote is held on the same day as the Nottinghamshire County Council elections.
The role of Police & Crime Commissioner was introduced in Nottinghamshire in 2012 when Paddy Tipping was first elected. He retained the role in the 2016 elections. For more information about the role see their website.