Commissioner calls on the community to get involved

New Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner Tony Hogg calls for everyone to work together for the future of local policing.

DEVON and Cornwall has its first ever police and crime commissioner after Conservative candidate Tony Hogg was elected to the post.

Mr Hogg was elected in the early hours of Saturday morning after two lengthy counts at Carn Brea Leisure Centre in Cornwall, securing 69,419 votes to the 37,243 of North Devon’s Brian Greenslade.

Devon and Cornwall was the last region in the country to declare its new commissioner following voting on Thursday, which saw a low turn out of 15.1 per cent.

Mr Hogg, who served 33 years in the Royal Navy and is a former commander of RNAS Culdrose, said he was ‘greatly honoured’ to be elected.

“I genuinely believe in this pioneering role and look forward to the challenge,” he said.

“For the first time residents can hold someone directly to account at the ballot box for the way in which their community is policed.

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“Whatever your views on the election or turnout, I am committed to serving everyone in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This is an exciting opportunity for everyone to get behind this new role, to get involved to help shape future priorities and work together to make a real difference.”

The job has a salary of �85,000 and the new commissioner will have to appoint a permanent chief constable and publish a Crime and Police Plan by March 2013.

“It’s important to stress there is a difficult road ahead and some tough decisions will have to be made,” he added.

“These are challenging times and I want to support the Police through them.”

Brian Greenslade, the leader of North Devon Council and a county councillor, fought the election as an independent.

“I am obviously disappointed not to have won the election but pleased to have made it through to the run off and to have polled 37,243 votes,” he said.

“Clearly a lot of people agreed with me that ‘party politics should not come into policing’ and with my refusal to compromise on this principle. While separate counts were not announced it is clear to me that I led the field in North Devon which is very gratifying.”

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