Police & Crime Commissioner Election Update - 31/08/12
Turnout of 18% predicted for police commissioner election 'shambles'
National newspapers have reported this week that The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) claims the impending £75 million ballot risks being a 'shambles' with no legitimacy. However, after careful analysis of this negative estimation, an article on topofthecops.com revealed scepticism over the supposed findings. The most glaring miscalculation appeared to be in the deduction of 5.5% turnout from the local election baseline because of the absence of free mailshots. Yet, as the article highlights, local elections do not have free mailshots and this should have been factored into the original baseline percentage.
Conservative PCC Candidate Richard Davies commented "Concerns aside - even a PCC elected on 18% turnout is better than a Police Authority elected by 0% turnout."
West Parade Station 'no longer fit for purpose' – but where is?
The 1970s building has been described as 'no longer fit for purpose' with the Lincolnshire Police admitting it would take a quoted £2.5 million worth of investment to bring back up to scratch. One large area of contention is the proposed plan to move responsibility for custody provision to the County Headquarters in Nettleham. Residents of the quiet Lincolnshire village are understandably apprehensive about such a move, which was announced without their consultation.
Conservative PCC Candidate Richard Davies commented 'Looking at the current evidence and plans for the relocation of Lincoln City Police Station I do not think that Nettleham is the best place to locate a custody suite. I believe Lincoln city centre needs a policing presence in the form of a police station, including custody suite'.
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