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Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidates complete final hustings event

By MarkWilliams  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

Appealing for your vote: The four candidates are pictured left. They are, from left, independent David Bowles, Conservative Richard Davies, labour candidate Paul Gleeson and independent Alan Hardwick

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The four candidates competing to become the first Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner faced the public in the final hustings of their campaign this evening.

More than 60 people attended the two-hour event at Trinity Arts Centre, in Gainsborough.

Running for the £65,000-a-year-post, which involves working closely with Lincolnshire Police and holding the chief constable to account, are: David Bowles (independent), Richard Davies (Conservative), Paul Gleeson (Labour) and Alan Hardwick (independent).

A number of subjects were discussed, including police budgets, concerns among crimes in rural communities, tackling problems with cyclists and the role of PCSOs.

Among the pledges made were:

David Bowles: "In terms of rural crimes we need to look at different and radical ways of policing rural issues. We have to get down to the very local patch if policing in Lincolnshire is to improve."

Richard Davies: "The biggest thing for me is visibility. We need less paperwork and more police on the streets. There can be no job too small as we look to cut crime in this county."

Paul Gleeson: "There is a gradual eroding of what people regard as acceptable behaviour. We need to improve that attitude. In terms of cycling issues in the county, grown-ups should not be cycling on footpaths and we need to put pressure on the police to sort the problem."

Alan Hardwick: "With more cuts coming our way there is bound to be a rise in crime over the next two years - there is no doubt about that. I want to get the police out there and doing the job they applied to do. I also want to give PCSOs more power in their duty and I know they are eager for this."

Residents across the country will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15.

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  • Whiley45  |  November 15 2012, 8:22AM

    Well the day has finally arrived. Visit any polling station today and you will see about as much activity as a hedgehog hibernating, I will not vote!

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  • adamcayhall  |  November 15 2012, 7:09AM

    I actually inquired about standing for this job and was told I needed a slogan I said how about "I'm here for a good time not a long time" Do you see my name as a candidate anywhere ????

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  • camelherder  |  November 15 2012, 6:05AM

    Bill according to the news last night this term will run for 3.5 years, then another election and then terms lasting for 4 years.

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  • Brian1940  |  November 14 2012, 10:38PM

    I have better things to do with my time

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  • Bill_Door  |  November 14 2012, 10:27PM

    Does anyone know how long these posts last? Is it for life or for a few years? Will we be expected to not be voting again in a few years time? And finally, whose stupid idea was this???

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  • camelherder  |  November 14 2012, 9:13PM

    I would have thought the first job for any commissioner would be to employ a caped crusader.

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  • Bolshie  |  November 14 2012, 7:36PM

    Amycayhall & Saxilby_Mick say all that needs to be said really - however did we end up with 4 candidates who appear to be completely clueless about policing and so woefully out of touch with the public? That said, the election will go ahead and we'll end up with one of this motley crew drawing a £65K annual salary and the public that pays the salary will be clueless as to what the guy is supposed to do. I really don't care which of the candidates wins and would only turn out if there was such a thing as a 'negative' vote - ie a box to tick for who you might want and another for the one you most definitely do not want. My negative option would be the candidate that tried to use the Jimmy Saville publicity to raise his own public profile! As far as I'm concerned his conduct was unacceptable and he cannot possibly be suitable for this job. I for one will be plaguing the successful candidate with weekly letters seeking to establish what they have done in the week and what they consider they achieved by doing it. If these posts survive and there is a re-election at the end of the term of office (I have no idea how long that is intended to be) we really must trump up some better candidates than this crop. Journalism has a part to play in this so come on the Echo, lets have the spotlight on the successful man and do some work to open the public's eyes to the reality of the job and how well the incumbent does it. Simply publishing what the PCC or his staff give you to work with is not enough.

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  • Localperson55  |  November 14 2012, 4:27PM

    £65K (plus all the administrative costs of running an office, travel, expenses etc) would employ several police officers and/or PCSO.

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  • Localperson55  |  November 14 2012, 4:23PM

    adamcayhall - really well put!!

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  • M_C_Donald  |  November 14 2012, 1:35PM

    60ish people attended, that would be the first 2 or 3 rows of the auditorium then. How many were journalists or camp followers, how many were the 'interested public' and what is the population of greater Gainsborough or West Lindsey? All we get from the candidates is, hot air and waffle, promises that are not in their power to keep, or political sniping while standing for a non-political post. The election is tomorrow, I have still not received the leaflet from the Government explaining what we are supposed to be voting for. The whole thing is becoming more farcical day by day. I would be irresponsible to vote for any of them.

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