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Put your questions to Police and Crime Commissioner candidates in public debate

By AlexColman  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

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Members of the public will scrutinise each of the five Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidates during a hustings event hosted by the Lincolnshire Echo.

Editor Steven Fletcher is chairing the debate at Lincoln Drill Hall from 6.30pm on October 23.

The event has reached its capacity with 50 local people attending but This is Lincolnshire is covering proceedings with a live article and we will be putting your questions to the debate.

The Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner will be in charge of the county's policing budget and will have the power to hire and fire the Chief Constable.

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Other important decisions the person in the role will face will be where Lincoln Police station should be and whether or not there will be a new custody suite at Nettleham.

The role is expected to be paid annual salary of around £65,000.

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

Please add any questions you would like to have asked in the comments section of this article and state if they are aimed at any particular candidate.

Alternatively, join the discussion on Twitter via @thisislincs and #lincsPCCdebate.


Mervyn Barrett, independent, aims to keep policing free from party politics and has worked for crime reduction charity, Nacro for 30 years.

He said: "My simple promise is to work to make Lincolnshire a county that is both safer and more at ease with itself."

David Bowles, independent, is the former chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council as well as being chairman of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust and has a tough stance on crime.

He said: "I believe that as a country we have become soft on crime and soft on the causes of crime; that all too often victims come last."

Richard Davies, Conservative, was elected as a Lincolnshire county councillor in 2009 before joining Lincolnshire Police Authority.

He said: "I believe my no-nonsense approach will help prevent crime, reduce people’s fear of lawlessness and offer the public genuine reassurance about the way their communities are policed.

Paul Gleeson, Labour, was elected to Boston Borough Council in 2011.

He said: "As the campaign gets more heated there is a danger we forget the dedication and commitment of police and support staff, challenge system not attack staff."

Alan Hardwick, independent, used to present the local news programme Calendar for Yorkshire Television and has worked for the Police Authority over the past four years.

He said: "Openness and transparency are two of the qualities that I would bring to the job of police and crime commissioner, I don't believe in deals done in committee rooms or behind closed doors, I do believe in fairness."

Please add any questions you would like to have asked in the comments section of this article and state if they are aimed at any particular candidate.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  October 23 2012, 12:45PM

    Melfoxford Fox hunting has not been banned, but hunting with digs has. A person with a dog and a rifle can still hunt and shoot foxes.

  • Localperson55  |  October 23 2012, 12:16PM

    My question for consideration: The Home Office say the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner.... "is to listen to the public and then respond to their needs, bringing more of a public voice to policing and giving the public a name and a face to complain to if they aren't satisfied"(http://tinyurl.com/9d434jy). In light of the electoral commission estimating the voting turnout will be about 18% or less, how will the successful candidate ensure they listen, respond and give a voice to the people of Lincolnshire when they may conceivably be elected on under 5% of the actual vote.?

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  • melfoxford  |  October 23 2012, 12:04PM

    can i ask which candidate if any are going to dedicate more funds towards wildlife crime. In such a vast rural area much goes on undetected,: such as fox hunting, hare coarsing, poaching and stealing animals. Fox hunting has been banned since 2004 and is cruel to all animals involved, what do the police propose to do to impliment this ban?

  • angrybunny  |  October 23 2012, 11:45AM

    To all candidates. I would like to know where they stand on wildlife crime. At the moment wildlife crime is not a police priority and does not receive enough police funding - The wildlife crime police unit only has three staff and around £300k per year, compared to a staggering £4million spent on the recently exposed environmental surveillance police operation. What do the candidates plan to do about this disparity? I and many of my friends would like to vote for the candidate who is most committed to fighting wildlife crime- can the candidates prove that they care in a "nation of animal lovers"?

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  • M_C_Donald  |  October 23 2012, 10:33AM

    This position is supposed to non-political. Why are there candidates being sponsored by political parties? I have issues with putting power in the hands of one person, the committees might not be the most efficient way of decision and policy making, but they are the least corruptible or a buffer to 'hare-brained schemes'. No vote from me.

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  • meandlilg  |  October 23 2012, 10:23AM

    What does each candidate plan to do for those of us living in rural communities? We have a unique set of issues, such as heating oil rustling, etc, and very limited police presence (limited really to coppers on blues and twos using the village as a rat run to get somewhere else!).

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  October 23 2012, 9:56AM

    Each successive Government is like a new boss. It's as if they need to justify their existence by introducing ridiculous hair-brained ideas like this. Pointless and wasteful when there are far more pressing issues that need attending to.

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  • Whiley45  |  October 23 2012, 9:04AM

    Millions spent on advertising this fiasco. Our money being wasted. Withdraw now and do not bother. I will certainly not be voting for any candidate. Let the Police Authorities get on with the good job they have been doing. What a terrible waste of our money. I will not vote!

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  • Bill_Door  |  October 22 2012, 7:37PM

    The original figure for this job was £65k, which for a five day week works out at £250 a day. For doing what? Normally, I'm a big supporter of what passes for democracy. I'd urge everyone to vote whenever they have the chance. Not this time...

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  • Bolshie  |  October 22 2012, 7:05PM

    Waste of time and money - costs vast sums to run elections then £75K a year for a non-job. The only police commissioner I've ever heard of was Commissioner Gordon in Batman and he was a waste of blood and organs - can't see why we need one of those and I don't trust any of this lot so I'm out too. Perhaps Karl McCartney can enlighten us as to how the Government intend to measure the Commissioner's performance and if his pay will be linked to it?

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