Race is on to become Lancashire’s first directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner

Blackpool Citizen: Race is on to become Lancashire’s first directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner Race is on to become Lancashire’s first directly-elected Police and Crime Commissioner

THE race to become the new elected Police and Crime Commissioner of Lancashire has started to gain momentum.

The first nominations for the controversial directly elected role have started to be announced.

The role will replace the current police authority system, in which an independent body sets the budget and strategic direction for policing in the county.

In the running to become the Conservative candidate is Ribble Valley Coun Kevin Horkin and former police officer Sam Chapman.

Early indications show the Labour candidate will be either County Coun Clive Grunshaw, Ibrahim Master or Mark Atkinson.

Businessman Coun Horkin said he was the man for the job because he had ‘his ear to the ground in Lancashire’.

He said: “I believe if you look at my career over the last 30 years I have proved I have my ear to the ground in Lancashire.

Former Cambridge University student Sam Chapman, said he wanted to serve the force he joined as a rookie 20 years ago. He said: “To be tough on crime, you have to be tough on criminals.”

Lancashire County Coun Clive Grunshaw, who lives in Fleetwood, said he had a wealth of experience for the role.

He said: “I have been a member of Lancashire Police Authority for several years and Chair of Resources for the LPA for the past four. I know the issues.”

Fellow candidate and Lancashire Police Authority member Ibrahim Master said: “My expertise would allow me to hit the ground running as Lancashire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.”

Blackpool Coun Mark Atkinson said he would carryy on ’campaigning for change rather than correct the minutes’.

Also rumoured to be standing is Tony Johnson, under his own party The Alliance Party GB.

The change over to the new system is scheduled for November after being put back by the Government. It is expected to cost £1.4million.

It means one individual will oversee the entire force and critics of the idea say it could ‘politicise’ the police.

Chairman of Lancashire Police Authority Malcolm Doherty officially stepped down earlier this month.

Concerns have been expressed about whether the new commissioner will be handle the workload have been expressed as they will be taking over from 17 independent and party members.

Mark Atkinson

“I was born and bred in Lancaster and I joined the Labour Party in 1994, aged 15. I have had a 11-year career working for the Local Government Association and charities including the CAB.”

Clive Grunshaw

“I have the most relevant personal and political experience of any of the possible Labour candidates. I know the issues, particularly budget issues, and the complex challenges facing police.”

Ibrahim Master

“My in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the police force is my biggest advantage over the other candidates.”

Sam Chapman

“It is time to stand up for the rights of victims and the community. There is too much bending over backwards to help offenders who don't want or deserve help.”

Kevin Horkin

“I think this directly elected Police Crime Commissioner is the best thing the Coalition Government has come up with yet.

It let victims of crime the directly petition for change.”

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2:13pm Thu 10 May 12

mavrick says...

All the above candidates have given the best reason to reject them. They all think they can just walk in and take over. Not True. we nedd someone who is impartial and knows nothing about the inner workings of the force, They can then ask the the plain and simple obvious questions. Hopefully someone who will not be sucked in by the establishment. or better still, listen to the 85% of the public who say they don't want it.
All the above candidates have given the best reason to reject them. They all think they can just walk in and take over. Not True. we nedd someone who is impartial and knows nothing about the inner workings of the force, They can then ask the the plain and simple obvious questions. Hopefully someone who will not be sucked in by the establishment. or better still, listen to the 85% of the public who say they don't want it. mavrick

2:17pm Thu 10 May 12

Excluded again says...

Waste of time and money which should have been spent keeping bobbies on the beat.

Which would you rather have? An elected police commissioner at a cost of £1.4 m (the government's view) or a couple of dozen of extra police officers for the same price?
Waste of time and money which should have been spent keeping bobbies on the beat. Which would you rather have? An elected police commissioner at a cost of £1.4 m (the government's view) or a couple of dozen of extra police officers for the same price? Excluded again

3:32pm Thu 10 May 12

paperboy70 says...

Kevin Horkin... more interested in chasing celebrities and pretending they're his friends. Useless as a councillor and doesn't have his ear to the ground... lives in big pad near Bolton by Bowland (lots of crime, not!)
Kevin Horkin... more interested in chasing celebrities and pretending they're his friends. Useless as a councillor and doesn't have his ear to the ground... lives in big pad near Bolton by Bowland (lots of crime, not!) paperboy70

3:45pm Thu 10 May 12

happycyclist says...

It's our judges we should be electing, not our police commissioners
It's our judges we should be electing, not our police commissioners happycyclist

4:07pm Thu 10 May 12

Paul The Octopus Lives! says...

Yes I'm the best person for the job because...

I really really want a job I have not had to pass any exams or gain any qualifications for, or had to work my way up the ranks through my own ability that pays £100 k a year. Not many of these about.

Sam Chapman? If he joined the police 20 years ago then why is he not still in it? Clearly not suited for the job?
Yes I'm the best person for the job because... I really really want a job I have not had to pass any exams or gain any qualifications for, or had to work my way up the ranks through my own ability that pays £100 k a year. Not many of these about. Sam Chapman? If he joined the police 20 years ago then why is he not still in it? Clearly not suited for the job? Paul The Octopus Lives!

4:43pm Thu 10 May 12

Izanears says...

Yet more expense for the taxpayer with little or no return.
£100k a year is why most of the applicants want the job, but it doesn't end there. They will want an assistant, secretary, car, driver etc etc etc. So the 100k will double, and all for nowt.
Yet more expense for the taxpayer with little or no return. £100k a year is why most of the applicants want the job, but it doesn't end there. They will want an assistant, secretary, car, driver etc etc etc. So the 100k will double, and all for nowt. Izanears

6:20pm Thu 10 May 12

prince of darkness says...

Total waste of time and money. But then Public have no say in this matter. Money could be spent better on training Judges that their job is to lock people up. Lets get back to common sense, not tie people down with paperwork. To put people that have no experiance in the role of policing is stupid to say the least. Talk about a square peg in a round hole.
Total waste of time and money. But then Public have no say in this matter. Money could be spent better on training Judges that their job is to lock people up. Lets get back to common sense, not tie people down with paperwork. To put people that have no experiance in the role of policing is stupid to say the least. Talk about a square peg in a round hole. prince of darkness

6:43pm Thu 10 May 12

lemnats says...

Is there an actual point to all this?
Is there an actual point to all this? lemnats

7:57pm Thu 10 May 12

peely says...

Izanears wrote:
Yet more expense for the taxpayer with little or no return. £100k a year is why most of the applicants want the job, but it doesn't end there. They will want an assistant, secretary, car, driver etc etc etc. So the 100k will double, and all for nowt.
Here Here !! well said mate - i agree entirely !
[quote][p][bold]Izanears[/bold] wrote: Yet more expense for the taxpayer with little or no return. £100k a year is why most of the applicants want the job, but it doesn't end there. They will want an assistant, secretary, car, driver etc etc etc. So the 100k will double, and all for nowt.[/p][/quote]Here Here !! well said mate - i agree entirely ! peely

8:10pm Thu 10 May 12

Excluded again says...

prince of darkness wrote:
Total waste of time and money. But then Public have no say in this matter. Money could be spent better on training Judges that their job is to lock people up. Lets get back to common sense, not tie people down with paperwork. To put people that have no experiance in the role of policing is stupid to say the least. Talk about a square peg in a round hole.
To be absolutely fair to the Tories, they were open and upfront about doing this before the last General Election. It was one of their main policies.
[quote][p][bold]prince of darkness[/bold] wrote: Total waste of time and money. But then Public have no say in this matter. Money could be spent better on training Judges that their job is to lock people up. Lets get back to common sense, not tie people down with paperwork. To put people that have no experiance in the role of policing is stupid to say the least. Talk about a square peg in a round hole.[/p][/quote]To be absolutely fair to the Tories, they were open and upfront about doing this before the last General Election. It was one of their main policies. Excluded again

8:58pm Thu 10 May 12

Keep Darwen Green says...

I think they should settle it by combat, would make a good tv show too.
I think they should settle it by combat, would make a good tv show too. Keep Darwen Green

10:15pm Fri 25 May 12

BlackpoolBoy says...

It's a nonsense policy. What a waste of money.

I'd be asking Mr Chapman why he left the police mysteriously well before his time was up, and how that might affect his relationship with the force - and them with him?

I'd also ask him how he managed to have a senior role at Blackburn council whilst being an elected member of Lancs CC, which is illegal under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.

Let's hope the Conservatives weed him out long before he gets near the ballot paper.
It's a nonsense policy. What a waste of money. I'd be asking Mr Chapman why he left the police mysteriously well before his time was up, and how that might affect his relationship with the force - and them with him? I'd also ask him how he managed to have a senior role at Blackburn council whilst being an elected member of Lancs CC, which is illegal under the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Let's hope the Conservatives weed him out long before he gets near the ballot paper. BlackpoolBoy

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