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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.

Chris Nelson

I have served my country in the Army and as a local politician, and have almost 40 years of public service.

I retired as a full Colonel, having played my part defending democracy in the First Gulf War and protecting the vulnerable on the streets of Northern Ireland.

In business, I provided state of the art training facilities for international police forces.

In Gloucestershire, I have been a Borough Councillor and Chairman of my local Parish Council, listening to residents about their concerns and fear of rising crime.

Local crime is much worse than official figures suggest, as many fail to report sexual and domestic abuse, retail theft and things like rural crime.

Too often, victims believe the police will do little to help them.

I have the strategic, management, financial and business skills to ensure I make an immediate impact as your Commissioner.  After consulting widely with the residents of Gloucestershire, my top 6 priorities are:

  • Recruit 300 more police officers, plus 150 more volunteer Special Constables


  • Cut Anti-Social Behaviours by 50%, by immediately adopting a zero-tolerance approach to all ASB, including house burglaries, bike theft, vehicle and bike crime, drug dealing, littering, fly-tipping, illegal parking, speeding and problem neighbours


  • Fight Rural Crime by providing more locally recruited police, who know and love their community


  • Reduce Internet and Phone Scams, by improving public awareness, resilience, and working with national security agencies


  • End the culture of spin and waste in the Commissioner’s Office

I will ensure the Chief Constable has the necessary resources to deliver these priorities and will hold him to account until they are achieved.

Crime prevention will be my single focus and my top priority.

This form has been prepared by Dan Ruff, Election Agent, Unit 1143 Regent Court, Gloucester Business Park, GL3 4AD

Contact details

07826 419 228

Twitter: @ChrisNelsonchr1

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