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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.

Richard Younger-Ross

Former Liberal Democrat MP, Richard Younger- Ross, to stand for election as the new Police and Crime Commissioner.

Richard is an experienced campaigner and as Commissioner he will make the strongest case for Devon and Cornwall. His knowledge of Whitehall and how Westminster works is going to be vital to our securing the fair funding deal that our police force needs.

Richard has three main priorities:

  • To secure a fair funding deal for the Devon and Cornwall Police Force.
  • To maintain and improve the visibility of our police force and improve the 101 service.
  • To protect the Force from a forced merger with Somerset and Avon which would only make decision making more remote.

His knowledge of the scrutiny process from the Defence Select committee gives him the skills to hold the Chief Constable to account.

He will be a truly independently minded Commissioner.

Richard will also press Government to abolish the post of Police and Crime Commissioner.

Richard believes that we need a strong democratic oversight of the Police, that listens to communities and gives them a greater say in how our streets are policed. We do not need that power given to a single person nor can we have the Police policing themselves. We need a strong body that can call on expert advice but is part of the community. This would be better done by something like the old Police Authority but with the same powers as have been given to the Police and Crime Commissioner. This will save money and allow more resources for more police officers.  Richard will work hard and in partnership with others to achieve this.

This statement has been prepared on behalf of Richard Younger-Ross by Sally Morgan, 14 Bonds Meadow, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9JE.

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