Labour candidates for police commissioner job set out their aims
LABOUR has put forward its three candidates to be police commissioner for Derbyshire.
Alan Charles, Hardyal Dhindsa and Kathryn Salt spoke last night at the party's hustings event at the Ockbrook and Borrowash branch and spoke of their aims if they were to be elected the position in November.
Helen Clark, chairman of the Erewash Labour local government committee, said: "I am absolutely delighted with the three excellent candidates. Any single one of them would do Derbyshire very proud. It shows that Labour has confidence in its candidates."
In November, a single police and crime commissioner will replace the existing police authority.
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Their role will be to hold Derbyshire's force to account, set the police budget and, along with the Chief Constable, decide the force's future strategy.
Commissioners will also drive community safety and work with local partnerships and national and regional criminal justice agencies and services.
Each commissioner will be elected for four years and will be required to publish a police and crime plan.
A meeting of Derbyshire Police Authority last year heard the police commissioner for Derbyshire would be paid about £75,000 a year.
This was decided by the Government's Senior Salaries Review Body, which sets top civil servants' wages. The controversial move has previously been criticised by the current chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, Conservative Philip Hickson, who has expressed an interest in the role as long as it is "non-political".
However, the three main political parties are each expected to put forward three people for the role, which will be reduced to one by the time the public vote in November.
So far, the Labour Party in the county is the only one to announce those it has put forward.
Speaking before last night's meeting, Mr Charles, who is vice-chairman of the county's police authority and deputy leader of the Labour group on the county council, said: "Maintaining community policing is extremely important. Residents in Derbyshire who you speak to say they want to see more visibility of police on the streets."
He also said if he were to become the police commissioner he would look into the protection of vulnerable people, particularly victims.
"But we have got to work with partners to find the solutions," he said.
Kathryn Salt, a former Amber Valley councillor, said: "I would look at the prevention of crime and look at where the main priorities would be in Derbyshire in line with the policing plan.
"I feel that we are the people's voice and the public could have their say. We are the safest area in the East Midlands. The police have their priorities right but we can always improve."
Hardyal Dhindsa, a probation service manager and Labour city councillor, said: "I feel that I have got the breadth and balance of experience for the role. But one person cannot do it on their own. The aims are to tackle and reduce crime in Derbyshire and work together with criminal justice agencies so that we have safer neighbourhoods and victims are protected."