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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Michael Mates July 2012 Large web size
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Conservative Party Candidate

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Michael Mates

Election statement:

The decision to appoint Police and Crime Commissioners is the most radical change in policing in our country since the Second World War.  It is at the very heart of Conservative policy: to cut crime.

This fundamental change will give the residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight a say in how policing operates in their local patch.  I have been meeting our county, unitary and local authorities to find out what matters in your community; as well as fact-finding with local police and understanding the issues on the ground.

With their help, I shall shape plans that will have a tangible and measureable benefit for our communities.  Whether it is rural crime and the problems created by gypsies and travellers; or urban issues such as anti-social behaviour related to late-night drinking and drugs; or the seriously violent crimes that occasionally blight our cities, I want to give our residents a far more accountable and efficient police force.

The Home Secretary has sent a clear message that she wants police officers to be tough, single-minded crime-fighters.  Let’s remove the endless targets and additional bureaucracy of Labour’s failed plans, and put more police back on the streets to tackle crime and remove the fear of crime.

Having undertaken all these tasks for the Royal Ulster Constabulary when I was the Minister of State for Security in Northern Ireland at the height of the “Troubles”, I feel I have the experience to carry out these responsibilities well for you.

You will find more information about me, about this new role and about the election on 15th November on my website http://www.michaelmates.org

Promoted by Beverley Carpenter on behalf of Michael Mates and the Conservative Party, all at 14a Butts Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 1ND