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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Nick Alston

Election statement:

I am delighted to be standing as Conservative candidate for Essex Police and Crime Commissioner.

Born and brought up in Essex, the son of a senior Essex policeman, I went to school in Chelmsford and to Cambridge University and then joined the Royal Navy. After this I served nearly 30 years in national defence and security. Throughout that time in the UK, including inNorthern Ireland, and overseas I worked closely with the police at all levels of seniority. I was appointed CBE in 1997 for my leadership of that work.

I was a Director of my department for 8 years before becoming a Managing Director for a major international company. I was responsible for the security of the firm again working with police internationally. I am now on the Advisory Board of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at UCL and a Director at Broomfield Hospital.

This new role will enable all of us who live in Essex to have a direct say in setting the priorities of our police and to hold them to account. This is not possible under present arrangements and will close a democratic gap.

In addition to having the skills and experience to hold the Chief Constable to account on your behalf, I have four simple priorities for reducing crime:

  • Policing      that meets local needs;
  • Policing      that is prompt and professional;
  • Effective     cooperation and partnership between Police, Councils and the  Voluntary Sector;
  • To be an influential voice in leading public engagement about crime reduction and policing, and to listen to and speak for the victims of crime.

I am enthusiastic about this challenging role and having the opportunity to serve my county.

Prepared by Paul Honeywood of 84 Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SP on behalf of Nick Alston

Website: www.nickalston.com      Facebook: NickAlstonPCC