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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.

Bob Spencer

Bob Spencer is an inspirational leader with vast knowledge and experience of UK Policing. His extensive range of both operational and strategic management took him to the heart of sensitive enquiries in the UK, Europe and USA.  With command of over 3,000 Police officers and staff, he has successfully managed multi-million pound budgets, delivering efficiency savings whilst improving performance.

Exceptionally calm under pressure, amongst many high-profile major incidents he commanded was the response to the Exeter Giraffe Restaurant terrorist bombing and its aftermath, receiving extremely favourable feedback from the Home Secretary.

Bob has served in large urban Policing environments, commanding response to gangland murders and shootings and, in rural communities, such diverse issues as the Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreak in Devon and the aftermath of several terrorist activities across Devon and Cornwall.

Since leaving the Police as Acting Assistant Chief Constable 7 years ago, he has broadened his experience advising Government and blue-chip companies on crisis management and leadership. For nearly five years he was also a member of Devon’s Magistracy.  With a strong understanding of partner agencies and most importantly victims of crime, he has acted as independent chair of both Devon and Torbay’s Safeguarding Boards, tasks including child sexual exploitation and vulnerable adult safeguarding.

No stranger to tough decisions, Bob has dismissed senior executives who have failed to perform. He will actively listen to the community to ensure policing meets their crime prevention and policing needs.  Critically he has the skills and experience needed to challenge the Devon and Cornwall police to ensure they deliver for the people of Devon, Cornwall, Torbay, Plymouth and Isles of Scilly.

As an Independent, Bob would be free to act and free to speak on your behalf without political pressure.

Prepared by: Miles Freeman, 1 Brookfield Cottages, Lympstone, Devon, EX8 5ES.

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