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Police and Crime Commissioner News brief 17th September 2012

By RG_Davies  |  Posted: September 17, 2012

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Nationwide Campaign To Spread The Word About Police Commissioner Elections

The Electoral Commission is set to spend up to £3.6 million, including £1.5 million on distributing a booklet about police and crime commissioners to 21 million households in England and Wales, from the middle of October to polling day on November 15. After recent predictions have warned of possible low turnouts, the Commission, in its determination to curb such scepticism, has promised to step up its efforts to inform the public. The campaign will be in addition to the £3 million Home Office advertising drive on television, radio and in the press. Yet the Commission has emphasised that it is now the responsibility of the candidates 'to give people a reason to vote'.

"With any new role information is critical and I'm pleased that the Commission is doing its bit to spread the word on the elections. Already on the doorstep it's clear that the people of Lincolnshire have very strong opinions on policing and I believe interest will only increase as the weeks go on."

Police Pensions – Mixed Responses

The final framework for the reform of the police pensions in England and Wales has received a mixed response from police associations. The plan put forward by Theresa May in early September will affect police pensions by moving from the final salary scheme to a career average re-valued earnings basis. While the Police Federation describes the proposal as "the best deal possible" - accepting their part in the government's wider public service pension reform agenda – the Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales have warned of their intention to take part in industrial action to protest against the changes. Chief Superintendent Derek Barnett, president of the Association, maintained that they were not satisfied with Theresa May's offer, on top of the cuts to police forces and pay freezes. He claims that the police service has endured a disproportionate burden of the cuts to public spending, which suggests that the government does not appreciate the dangerous and costly nature of their occupation.

Plans For G4S Police Station In Lincolnshire Put On Hold

A contentious proposal to build a new police station at the site of the Lincolnshire Police Headquarters outside Nettleham has been put on hold. The decision as to whether or not the proposed plans will go ahead remains dependent on the will of the prospective Lincolnshire Police Commissioner, due to be elected in November. Although Sue Turnbull, a member of Save Our Local Village Environment (Solve), proclaimed to the BBC 'that common sense has prevailed', the decision has not yet been made and the proposals could still come into being.

However, I have recently reinforced my views on the matter in an interview with BBC Radio Lincolnshire, arguing that such facilities should not be in an area of isolation "my gut feeling that Nettleham is not the right place." 

Big Conversation Events

Meet: The Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, Key decision makers and Your local Councillors.Also present will be the Conservative candidate for Police Commissioner, Richard Davies.Come and tell us what you think! – at one of our Road Shows.

East Lindsey - Royal Arthur Centre, Ingoldmells - Monday 17th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
East Lindsey - Horncastle College, Horncastle - Tuesday 18th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
Lincoln City - Drill Hall, Lincoln - Wednesday 19th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
South Kesteven - Grantham Museum, Grantham - Tuesday 25th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
Boston Borough - White Hart Hotel, Boston - Wednesday 26th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.
South Holland - South Holland Centre, Spalding - Thursday 27th Sept. 2012 at 7pm.

Coffee, teas, cake & biscuits available from 6.30pm prior to 7pm start.Informal chat with Your County Councillors afterwards from approx. 8.30pm.

Putting The People of Lincolnshire First

Concerns have rightly been raised about whether a party political candidate can truly represent the people of Lincolnshire. My answer is simply yes.I was born in Lincolnshire and hope to be elected by the people of Lincolnshire to make policing in our county the best it can be. I am a Conservative but there is no confusion in my mind about where my loyalties lie - here in Lincolnshire, to the people of Lincolnshire.

Do you have concerns or opinions about policing in Lincolnshire?  Contact me on 01400 251 533 or 07776 253 374 or via email richard@votedavies.co.uk

Richard Davies
Conservative Candidate for Lincolnshire Police & Crime Commissioner
t. 07776 253 374
e. richard@votedavies.co.uk
w. www.votedavies.co.uk
tw. @rgdavies

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  • camelherder  |  September 23 2012, 9:34AM

    I fail to see where an individual locally can fix what is a national problem with today's policing that committees (police authorities) across the country have failed to fix after all these years. I just see it as the PCC locking heads with the chief constables and neither of them being able to move forward. Leave it as it is but give the police the resources and cut the red tape so officers can get back out on the streets where everyone wants to see them. We don't see an officer on the streets of Lincoln unless: 1. They are there to arrest someone 2. They are on their way to court 3. They are monitoring football fans, a demo or a parade. Get them out of cars and lets get them wearing out boot soles again.

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  • RG_Davies  |  September 22 2012, 8:20AM

    Morning InsideStory & Gnome_Chomsky @InsideStory - No. @Gnome_Chomsky: Yes it was a good co-incidence, a member of the audience asked quite a detailled question regarding arming police officers and one of the police officers in the room was a very senior police firearms instructor (not from Lincs) and did provide a very strong view on some of the issues surrounding both lethal and non-lethal arming. The question as to whether to arm the police is primarily one for the Chief Constable however earlier this month the Police Federation did call for more officers to be taser equipped. I've spent the last 3 years meeting officers and seeing what they do. I have spent time with officers on a range of incidents from routine patrols to murder investigations.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 21 2012, 9:59PM

    Phew, that was lucky! So you spoke to some current and former police officers on Wednesday and gained some real insight. Had you thought about getting the insight before deciding to stand?

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  • InsideStory  |  September 21 2012, 6:40PM

    Was the ex and serving officers members of your Lodge by any chance ?

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  • RG_Davies  |  September 20 2012, 8:25PM

    Evening InsideStory, Went really well thanks - some good questions around vision, police morale and arming police. There was a very interesting discussion about funding versus performance as well. A number of ex and serving officers came along and that provided some insight from the frontline that I (and the audience) found quite revealing. Next one is Grantham on Tuesday.

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  • InsideStory  |  September 20 2012, 8:11PM

    Lincoln City - Drill Hall, Lincoln - Wednesday 19th Sept. 2012 at 7pm. How did it go Mr RG_Davies ?

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  • M_C_Donald  |  September 20 2012, 1:04PM

    £7 million is being spend in an attempt to ram something down the throats of the public which they don't really want. Police Commissioners are about making another little fiefdom for politicians to meddle in. What a waste of money!

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  • poorman2  |  September 20 2012, 10:36AM

    Having voted Conservative all my voting life I will not be doing so for this election. Politics should be kept out of Policing. My hope is that we will have a strong independent candidate who I can vote for as there is no way that I could vote Labour or the soon to be defunct LibDems.

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  • Whiley45  |  September 20 2012, 8:51AM

    We are now to be treated to a multi million pound advertising campaign by the Home Office to let everyone know about this ongoing fiasco. What a dreadful waste of the taxpayers money.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 19 2012, 9:54PM

    The recent clarification of what happened at Hillsborough is a total justification of Government policy and acceptance of the official story. An off-duty police officer present at the match, who saw what happened but appears to have later assisted with the cover-up, has said - since the truth emerged - that fans obstructed police work on the day. He is now Sir Norman Bettison, so it seems he was accepted to be a safe pair of hands, but is being investigated for conspiracy in the "production and supply of misleading information" about the incident. He has also apologised for his recent comment. Is RG_Davies a member of the same club? He has now acknowledged his membership of the Masons, but this is different to knowing what it means. Ian Tomlinson died after a totally unnecessary blow from a police club, but it was not murder. Dale Cregan was free on police bail while he perhaps committed three more murders, including two police officers. Was Masonry an influence? Can democracy sit comfortably with membership of secret societies making decisions? Can a Prime Minister and Chancellor who appear to have taken part in criminal damage to restaurants as members of the Bullingdon Club be considered responsible people to run the country?

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