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Quiz police hopefuls at Lincolnshire Echo Hustings

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 12, 2012

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Candidates running for Lincolnshire's Policing and Crime Commissioner will be grilled by the public.

The Echo is hosting a Hustings, where an audience can quiz the people who each believe they are best equipped to replace Lincolnshire Police Authority.

Elections will be held nationwide on November 15 to choose the PCCs for 41 force areas.

They will be responsible for setting priorities for their police force, overseeing its budget and hiring the chief constable.

Echo editor Steven Fletcher will host the event at the Drill Hall, in Free School Lane, on October 23.

"The Government is predicting a very low turnout when people go to the polls in November," he said.

"We want to do better than that in Lincolnshire because this is such a crucial role and also one that will shape the force."

The job is expected to come with a salary in the region of £75,000 and candidates had to stump up £5,000 to get in the running.

Places are limited so to secure a seat in the audience please email news@lincolnshireecho.co.uk with your name and contact number.

The event starts at 6.30pm. Anyone attending is advised to arrive for 6pm.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  October 12 2012, 9:53PM

    "The Government is predicting a very low turnout when people go to the polls in November," he said. Maybe that is because that the people are not interested in this political post being forced upon them. The people have demonstrated across the country that they are not in favour of this type of 'mayoral' administration. If the turnout is very low, how can the post be ever considered legitimate? "We want to do better than that in Lincolnshire because this is such a crucial role and also one that will shape the force." Mr Fletcher, who are the 'we'? You and the candidates? You and the Echo? It is not a competition to see which area gets the greatest turn out. The people are being asked to legitimise the politicisation of the Police; has it occurred to you (and your 'friends') that this might not be what they want and that the only what they are able to register their dissatisfaction is by not voting?

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  • InsideStory  |  October 12 2012, 8:09PM

    Until every candidate states if they belong to a secret society i will not be voting .

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  • Whiley45  |  October 12 2012, 8:44AM

    Take my advice and stay away from this meeting. These elections are the biggest waste of money. Paid for by the Taxpayers. Political intervention in our Police forces should never happen. Stay away from this meeting and do not vote. Within five years we shall return to the present system!

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