Police and crime commissioner candidates announced

Who will you vote for?

East Devon electors will soon be voting for the candidate they believe can take on the newly created role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall.

The police and crime commissioners will replace police authorities currently responsible for forces across England and Wales.

They will set priorities for policing and oversee budgets.

The election will be held on November 15.

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Candidates for Devon and Cornwall are as follows, but the list is subject to change.

Nominees have until today (Wednesday) to withdraw from the race.

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- Brian Blake (Lib Dem) - The retired Detective Chief Inspector has served as an officer in Devon and Cornwall Constabulary for 31 years in various roles and after retiring worked for the Ministry of Defence. One of his priorities is ensuring the public are safe and offenders are brought before the courts.

- Graham Calderwood (Independent) - A criminal lawyer for 40 years, he is now a part-time advocate and duty solicitor. He says he would look to using officers more efficiently and look at how procedures can be improved.

- Brian Greenslade (Independent)- A former leader of Devon County Council is the chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority’s resources committee and is a former chairman of the authority. He believes policing should not be about party politics.

- Tony Hogg (Conservative) - He spent more than 30 years in the Royal Navy and was a commanding officer of RNAS Culdrose, where he managed 3,000 personnel and a budget of �81million. He says he wants to cut crime by bringing policing closer to the people and boost morale in the force.

- Ivan Jordan (Independent) - He is an architect and farmer. He lists tackling hate crime as a priority area, as well as focusing on strong community policing, protecting the force from privitisation and smarter budgeting.

- Tam Macpherson (Independent)- He aims to reduce crime and cut reoffending, protect victims and witnesses and introduce greater transparency and accountability to improve the quality of the police service.

- William Morris (Independent) - He has worked as a farmer, miner and publisher and currently heads up a charity called the Next Century Foundation. His priorities include tackling drug and alcohol abuse, addressing violent crime and looking at the causes of crime.

- John Smith (Independent) – He is a former councillor member of the Devon and Cornwall Police Authority. He was a member of the authority from 2001 to 2009, serving as chairman and vice chairman. He says he stands as “truly independent of all politics” and wants the police to reflect public opinion in preventing crime and disorder and serve community interests.

- Robert Smith (UKIP) – He is a chartered child and educational psychologist has has been in private practice for more than 20 years. He provides advice to courts regarding child protection and family issues. He says he wants police to be tough on crime and wants to reconnect the police with the people and their communities.

- Nicky Williams (Labour) – She is a Plymouth councillor for the Honicknowle ward and is the city council’s member for children’s services. For the past 13 years she has worked as a political advisor to several Members of Parliament and local councillors. Protecting frontline policing was listed as one of her main priorities.

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