Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidates complete final hustings event
The four candidates competing to become the first Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner faced the public in the final hustings of their campaign this evening.
More than 60 people attended the two-hour event at Trinity Arts Centre, in Gainsborough.
Running for the £65,000-a-year-post, which involves working closely with Lincolnshire Police and holding the chief constable to account, are: David Bowles (independent), Richard Davies (Conservative), Paul Gleeson (Labour) and Alan Hardwick (independent).
A number of subjects were discussed, including police budgets, concerns among crimes in rural communities, tackling problems with cyclists and the role of PCSOs.
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Among the pledges made were:
David Bowles: "In terms of rural crimes we need to look at different and radical ways of policing rural issues. We have to get down to the very local patch if policing in Lincolnshire is to improve."
Richard Davies: "The biggest thing for me is visibility. We need less paperwork and more police on the streets. There can be no job too small as we look to cut crime in this county."
Paul Gleeson: "There is a gradual eroding of what people regard as acceptable behaviour. We need to improve that attitude. In terms of cycling issues in the county, grown-ups should not be cycling on footpaths and we need to put pressure on the police to sort the problem."
Alan Hardwick: "With more cuts coming our way there is bound to be a rise in crime over the next two years - there is no doubt about that. I want to get the police out there and doing the job they applied to do. I also want to give PCSOs more power in their duty and I know they are eager for this."
Residents across the country will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15.