Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.


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The Conservative Party Candidate

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Angus Stuart Macpherson

Election statement:

The position of Police and Crime Commissioner is a complex and vitally-important new role. It is essential to elect the right person.


Angus can ‘hit the ground running’. As leading member of the Police Authority for 7 years his experience of the complexities of modern policing will guarantee continuity of governance of the force.

He has experience in researching and preparing a Crime and Policing Plan and in setting and monitoring priorities for policing and crime.

Angus has all the skills required of a Commissioner: a qualified accountant; detailed knowledge of policing and police finance; connections with drugs and alcohol services; wide experience of the criminal justice system.  

Angus has a long record of public service. Serving as a borough councillor, a magistrate and as a trustee of several Wiltshire charities.

He is committed to localism – as demonstrated by his lead in the move to co-locate police and council services.


Maintain front line officer strength to combat ASB and local crime.

Strengthen neighbourhood teams to embed them in the communities they serve.

Put victims at the heart of the criminal justice process and improve services to both victims and witnesses.

Work with other agencies to protect the most vulnerable in our society

Regularly consult the public and ensure effective communication with the public which both the PCC and the police serve.


The job is about commissioning a wide range of services: crime prevention, victim support, protection of vulnerable people, offender interventions, drug and alcohol programmes.

Budget pressures mean police expenditure must become more focused and effective. This need not mean fewer police officers, but better use of resources, working in partnership with other forces, local authorities, charities or the private sector.

This statement has been prepared by Dirk Russell, 12 Brown Street, Salisbury.