Police and crime commissioner hopefuls get a grilling – who cares?

MORE bobbies on the beat, funding and cyber crime were among the subjects on which the four candidates vying to become Derbyshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner were grilled at a  hustings debate.

Rod Hutton, Simon Spencer, David Gale and Alan Charles locked horns for the first time in public as they answered questions for two hours in Normanton.

At the event, organised by Victim Support,  more than 50 voluntary-sector workers and representatives were able to hear their views on a variety of subjects.

More than 700,000 people in Derbyshire will be eligible to vote in the new commissioner on Thursday, November 15. Whoever wins the battle will replace the existing police authority and have the power to set the force budget and hire and fire the Chief Constable. All for £75,000 per annum.

Political interference and political dogma is inevitable with most of the candidates. Let’s face it who is funding their campaign and who is delivering their leaflets on their behalf? There is a bandwagon outside that says ‘independent’ on it that a lot of people will jump on but we all know that strings will be pulled from above.

I’d like to suggest a saving immediately in the force budget and get rid of this stupid position. Leave police work to people who know about policing not some political pawn.

Quite frankly I haven’t met anyone who gives a damm.

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