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Polls ready to open for first Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Lincolnshire

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 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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Voters will go to the polls today to elect Lincolnshire's first police and crime commissioner.

People have the choice of four candidates and 57 polling stations in which to cast their vote. Turnout has been predicted to be as low as 15 per cent.

But whoever wins will be able to decide strategy and have the power to hire and fire chief constables.

The four contenders are, David Bowles (independent), Richard Davies (Conservative), Paul Gleeson (Labour) and Alan Hardwick (independent).

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The candidates competing for the £65,000-a-year post faced the public in the final hustings of their campaign on Tuesday, November 13.

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

Police budgets, crime in rural communities, tackling problems with cyclists and the role of PCSOs in the county were discussed.

Mr Bowles said: "When it comes to our whole policing system it is very complex – especially the Crown Prosecution Service and the role of PCSOs. If elected I will simplify that.

"I will get amongst the police and see what is actually going on. At the moment, the system is simply not delivering.

"We have to get down to a very local level if policing in Lincolnshire is to improve."

Mr Davies said: "It is all about visibility. We need more police officers on the streets of Lincolnshire especially in the rural communities.

"Our officers are so stretched in rural patches.

"We need to give our officers tasers because they can go out to incidents not knowing what is going to happen and back-up can often be 20 minutes away."

Mr Gleeson said: "We need to understand the issues which are causing crime.

"The commissioner can make a big difference to the policing system over the course of time – there is no doubt about that.

"If elected I will be working with the people of Lincolnshire and I will be open and transparent."

Mr Hardwick said: "We need to abolish the paperwork and the bureaucracy that plagues our police officers each and every day.

"Police officers go into the job to be police officers.

"If elected I will reduce the paperwork and get more officers on the streets and PCSOs too."

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  • Pete67  |  November 15 2012, 10:57AM

    I might have been for this if I had thought it might improve policing, but as I see it all it is,is an expensive way of giving a 'fall guy' for when the front line cuts increase the rate of crime.

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  • hurculese  |  November 15 2012, 9:22AM


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  • TB78WHlNE  |  November 15 2012, 9:16AM

    "No comment!" I wish. Every single one of the articles about this election has been met with you banging on about how you're not going to vote. What is it you expect the rest of us to do with your repeated proclamations? Care?

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  • simonlincs  |  November 15 2012, 9:15AM

    Total waste of money,millions of pound and a hefty salary for something we have no need of whatsoever,why vote for someone you don't know for a job that no one seems to know actually entails,even the candidates.I suspect most of them just want the £65,000 salary which is a ludicrous ammount for what I suspect will be attending a few nice lunches and meetings and spouting out their own opinions which will probably get ignored but never mind,its not as if the countries knee deep in debt,IMO its just the government trying to shirk its public responsibilities and distance itself from blame for poor policies.

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  • Whiley45  |  November 15 2012, 8:23AM

    No comment!