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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Labour Party Candidate

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Sherma Batson MBE

Election statement:

This election is about the future of the kind of policing we want in Hertfordshire and the resources needed to provide it.

The Tory–led government has imposed this election on us and will abolish our police authority which is accountable to the public and which has a working relationship with the constabulary.

As police and crime commissioner, I give an unequivocal undertaking not to interfere with the operational work of the police. Indeed, all operational decisions must remain with the chief constable.

Policing in Hertfordshire is being threatened by Tory imposed cuts which, I believe, will inevitably lead to a reduction in the all-important role of front-line officers.

Such cuts would result in less responsive policing and an increase in the fear of crime in our communities. Other key services such as support for the victims of crime would be damaged.

If elected as police and crime commissioner, I will give an unequivocal undertaking not to interfere with the operational work of the police.

We see, too, that the Tories want to privatise as many police services as possible with a transfer of responsibility in Hertfordshire to the private security company G4S: the company which could not fully deliver for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

We cannot have a situation of seeing profits being put before policing.

As your Labour police and crime commissioner, I will ensure we see police on the streets; that I will work with our communities on crime prevention measures, and that I will listen to all residents about their concerns.

Promoted by Ralph Raynor on behalf of Sherma Batson, both at 4 Popple Way, Stevenage SG1 3TG