Tuesday, 30 October 2012 06:36

Good turn out for police commission debate

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There was a good turn out and a robust but courteous debate when the candidates for the role of Surrey's first Police and Crime Commissioner gathered at Chobham Village Hall for an event organised by local county councillor Lavinia Sealy. The election is on November 15th.

The commissioners' job will be to hold the Chief Constable and the police service to account on the public's behalf. Each commissioner will oversee how crime is tackled in their area and ensure the police are providing a good service. The Surrey commissioner's role will include: meeting the public regularly to listen to their views on policing, setting out police priorities, deciding how the budget will be spent, and appointing - and if such a situation arose dismissing - the Chief Constable.

The new elected commissioners will replace the existing police authorities who have comprised a mix of county councillors and independent members.

Surrey's candidates (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Robert Evans, a former MEP and headteacher, standing for Labour
  • Kevin Hurley, former policeman, ex borough commander for Fulham and Hammersmith, standing as an independent
  • Julie Iles, IT specialist, magistrate, served as chair of the South East Surrey youth panel, standing for the Conservatives
  • Nick O'Shea, businessman, former Mole Valley district councillor, standing for the Liberal Democrats
  • Robert Shatwell, former Woking police beat officer and ex-army, standing for UKIP
  • Peter Williams, chairman of current Police Authority, magistrate and chief executive in the oil industry, standing as an independent

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Jennifer Britt

Jennifer is a regular contributor to Chobham.Net and is also the webmaster of the St Lawrence & St Saviour Chobham Parish website.

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