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  1. Seven candidates up for election this time round in Hampshire
  2. Voters go to the polls on Thursday 5 May
  3. Updates from Wednesday 20 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Stephen Stafford and Michael Stoddard

All times stated are UK

Thanks for following our PCC debate coverage

That's all from the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner debate this morning.

You'll can already listen again on the BBC Radio Solent's iPlayer page.

Join us online on 6 May for full coverage of the results as they come in.  

Final point: 'PCC should be elected'

Michael Lane (Conservative) said: "The chief constable is independent so that separation must be held to account.

"Should the PCC be elected? Yes. It gives you authority for this big job when you are running a £300m budget."

'We're recruiting 198 police officers'

A few of the candidates got hot under the collar about the number of police officers cut in recent years.

Simon Hayes (Independent) responded: "There was a reduction of 1,000 officers since 2010.

"But that reduction has stopped - we're recruiting 198 police officers, more PCSOs and staff. We're not seeing any more officers reduced in the constabulary."

'I would look at a late night levy very closely'

Roy Swales (UKIP) says: "My main drive is to get out and listen to what people want.

"There's been lots of consultations, public say we want to see more police officers on the beat.

"I would look at a late night levy very closely - 53% of police time is spent on drink-related incidents."

Politicians 'running for cover'

Steve Watts (Zero Tolerance Policing Ex Chief) added people don't want the police to be politicised and the politicians standing are "running for cover".

'Every vote counts'

Michael Lane (Conservative) says: "By doing the job well, it should improve the turnout for the next time."

Roy Swales (UKIP) adds: "Every vote counts, read the information and vote and make it a better turnout than last time."

PCC candidates

Will voters follow party from local elections?

Don Jerrard (Independent) says: "I would do the job as a chairman of volunteers - I wouldn't be paid.

"Where there are council elections, people will tick the box for the party. We should not have a directly elected commissioner."

'They look at me with blank expressions'

Richard Adair (Liberal Democrat) adds: "Last time the role was a new concept. I'm hoping we'll have better turnout this time.

"When I go on the doorsteps campaigning, saying I am standing for police and crime commissioner, they look at me with blank expressions."

How many votes do you need for a mandate?

Simon Hayes (Independent) says: "Every elector has the opportunity to vote. Last time it was a disappointing turnout - central government were appalling in how they advertised the role.

"I've met 13,500 people in the course of my role and there is a greater awareness.

"The role and responsibility is wider than the old police authority and cost £1.5m - that's cheaper than police authority - it's value for money."

PCC debate - they think it's all over...

That's the end of the live debate on Radio Solent but we're continuing our coverage as we look at some of the points in more detail.  

'Roundabout way of making cuts'

Robin Price (Labour) says plans to have greater cooperation between fire service and police were a "roundabout way of making cuts". 

Home Secretary Theresa May said she hoped to give PCCs more power. 

'You have to have a balance of power between politicians and public'

Michael Lane (Conservative) says: "I come from a broadly conservative background, but I will serve all the people without fear or favour and fight for what makes Hampshire safer.."

Don Jerrard (Independent) adds: "I agree with Janet (see post 09:43). You have to have a balance of power between politicians and public. Police authorities represented the people."

Steve Watts (Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief) says: "Politics must be kept out of policing. I have no political background or aspiration.

"It's naive to think the parties are supporting their campaign and will not be telling them what to do in their job as PCC."

Simon Hayes (Independent) says: "Being independent has enabled me to work with local authorities of all political colours."  

Political PCC 'can have a different view to party'

On the issue of party politics in policing, Roy Swales (UKIP) says: "Just because you are member of a party doesn’t mean you have to do what that party says and take a different line."

Robin Price (Labour) says: "With parties - you know what my values are. I embrace the values of the Labour party but I'm not going to be dictated to by them."


'Appalled at politics being involved in law and order'

Janet from Romsey has called in and says she is appalled at politics being involved in law and order.

Richard Adair (Liberal Democrat) says: "It's difficult to pull politics out of the role of PCC.

"At the end of the day the police do the work of the government, the government set the money and priorities for policing. What matters are the qualities of the person."

'Labour will properly fund the police force'

Robin Price (Labour) says: "It's the cuts that are causing the problem - cuts have consequences.

"Labour will properly fund the police force."

'Anti-social behaviour affects the public most in day-to-day life'

Simon Hayes (Independent) says: "The challenges are dealing with a reduction in money from government. Whoever is PCC has got to deal with reduced funds.

"Anti-social behaviour affects the public most in day-to-day life. Southampton has seen a reduction in anti-social behaviour since I've been PCC."

'People need to be able to communicate with the police'

Don Jerrard (Independent) says: "We need to get police back to the community - in local police stations.  People need to be able to communicate with the police.

"Homeless people needs social services. We've lost the idea of proper community policing - that means police stations in the local community."

Radio Solent

Homeless people 'should be supported'

Steve Watts (Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief) spoke about the issue of homelessness.

He says: "It's important police address crime and anti-social behaviour.

"There is a big issue about making sure homeless people are supported and helped to live. Morale is the big issue."

'You cannot cut the police without consequences'

Richard Adair (Liberal Democrat) says: "The issue we have at the moment is manpower - we don't have the amount of police officers and PCSOs that we need. You cannot cut the police without consequences.

"Anti-social behavior is going up, why? Because they don't think they will get caught."

Radio Solent studio

PCC candidates make their introductions

Michael Lane (Conservative) says: "We shouldn't accept crime as a fact of life. I want to reassure people that they matter and are heard. I will work full time to keep us all safer."

Robin Price (Labour) says: "I'll stand up against the cuts and want to properly fund the police. Crime fell by 43% under the last Labour government."

Roy Swales (UKIP) says: "I want to provide more of them (police) - I want a safer Hampshire and Isle of Wight and want everyone to know what the PCC does and how he can make you safer."

Steve Watts (Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief) says: "I'm a former chief officer... I've seen a deterioration in policing... Zero Tolerance is a relentless focus on those who blight our lives with anti-social behaviour - louts and burglars."

PCC candidates

PCC candidates make their introductions

The candidates are first asked to introduce themselves:  

Richard Adair (Liberal Democrat) says: "I'm standing because I want to make a difference. I was a police officer for 37 years and at the end of my career i saw savage cuts which meant my colleagues were run ragged."

Simon Hayes (Independent) says: "I believe we should keep party politics out of policing and I want to develop the experience I've gained. To risk and change the direction of the constabulary is a risk to safety.

Don Jerrard (Independent) says: "I'm independent like Simon but unlike Simon i think this job is unnecessary... a total waste of money. The old system is what we should have - a police authority."

Get in touch with your questions

What would you like to ask the Hampshire PCC candidates?

Get in touch @BBCradiosolent or call us on 0345 30 30 961.

What do you want your PCC to do?

People in Southampton were asked what they want their police and crime commissioner to do?

One person said they wanted homelessness to be better regulated, another said a high number of CCTV cameras was a good thing and one questioned why the role was needed in the first place. 

We will be putting these points and others to the candidates. 

Homeless person

Hampshire PCC candidates ready to go...

Here we go then - the seven candidates are primed and ready.

BBC Radio Solent's Steve Harris will be posing the questions for the next hour and we'll be bringing you the best bits live.

PCCs 'could have more power'

Home Secretary Theresa May said she is considering giving PCCs more power, including integration with fire services and the setting up of free schools. 

She said the schools could be for "troubled children". 

Theresa May

PCC voting system explained...

Police and crime commissioner elections with three or more candidates use the supplementary vote system - that means you can vote for a first and second preference.  

Ballot paper

If a candidate picks up more than 50% of the first preference votes they are declared the winner.

If not, all candidates apart from those in the top two positions are eliminated and the second preference on their ballot papers are added the top two votes to find a winner.

What does a police and crime commissioner do?

Being a police and crime commissioner involves:

  • Holding the chief constable to account for policing
  • Scrutinising, supporting and challenging the force's performance
  • Setting the force budget and policing precept element of the council tax
  • Commissioning services and awarding grants
  • Appointing and, where necessary, dismissing the chief constable

Listen: PCC candidates pitch for your vote

You can hear what all seven candidates have to say in our audio profiles.

Hampshire PCC candidates

Meet the candidates: Steve Watts (Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief)

Ex-police chief Steve Watts says he has spent most of his working life serving and protecting people through his career at Hampshire Constabulary.

Steve Watts

He says as a former officer he understands policing from communities and neighborhoods to serious and organised crime and counter terrorism.

He pledges to take a zero tolerance approach, deliver more visible policing across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and give the public the opportunity to have their say.

Meet the candidates: Roy Swales (UKIP)

A fourth generation soldier, beat officer for eight years and Hampshire resident for 46 years, Roy Swales says he is "the only credible candidate".

Roy Swales

He claims Hampshire has "lost 1,000 officers and 1,700" in recent years and "you cannot run a 21st Century police service in this way".

He promises hundreds of more officers who will work the streets, get close to communities again and start making people feel safe.

Meet the candidates: Robin Price (Labour)

Robin Price says he has worked as a solicitor most of his life in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, running his own firm in Ryde.

Robin Price

He says crime fell by 43% under the last Labour government but that record is now under threat.

He pledges to put resources into front line policing, reduce anti-social behaviour, improve police training in cyber crime and tackle the high cost of rural crime.

Meet the candidates: Michael Lane (Conservative)

A Commodore with 30 years’ experience in the Royal Navy and former borough councillor, Michael Lane points to his experience running multimillion-pound projects.

Michael Lane

He says his focus "will always be to keep you and your family safe" and "empower the chief constable and our police to do what they do best – prevent crime and catch criminals".

His priorities will include tackling domestic abuse, addressing rural crime and reducing bureaucracy.

Get involved: What are your burning issues?

BBC Radio Solent

You can put your questions to the Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner candidates.

They'll be live on BBC Radio Solent from 09:00.

Tweet us with your thoughts.

Meet the candidates: Don Jerrard (Independent)

Former international business lawyer Don Jerrard was born in Hampshire and has lived in the county almost all of his life.

Don Jerrard

He says the police and crime commissioner is an "unnecessary and politicised tier of government and a waste of public money".

He wants the "huge cost" spent on local police stations and, if elected, would act as chairman of a panel of unpaid volunteers and without a PR department.

Meet the candidates: Richard Adair (Liberal Democrat)

Richard Adair says he knows the challenges first hand having been a front line police officer in Hampshire for 37 years.

Richard Adair

“I believe that the best way to know about policing needs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight is to have served in the police locally," he says.

He pledges to protect front line policing from cuts, maintain police stations and ensure officers "do not become mental health social workers doing a job they are not trained for".

Meet the candidates: Simon Hayes (Independent)

Simon Hayes is standing for re-election as commissioner and believes the role should be free of party politics.

Simon Hayes

He says he has delivered an efficient and effective police service during his reign.

He promises to tackle the new challenges faced by policing in modern times, with a focus on young people, the vulnerable, businesses and early prevention.

Last PCC election 'absolutely dreadful'

Barry Loveday, a Portsmouth University criminology expert who helped come up with the idea of using direct elections in overseeing the police, said the PCCs' success had been "patchy". 

He said: "The turnout was absolutely dreadful. Everything they could do wrong, they did do wrong. 

Barry Loveday

"This time around it is going to be very, very different as it is synchronised with the local government elections. 

"The significant thing will be whether independent candidates survive this rise in turnout."

Sunday Politics live PCC debate

Peter Henley

Political editor, South of England

You can find out more about the role of police and crime commissioners in general from our home affairs correspondent Emma Vardy.

We also hosted a TV debate with the seven candidates for Hampshire.

Skip to 39 minutes in the video to watch.

Turnout under the spotlight after historic low in 2012

This year, one result will be closely scrutinised to see how it compares with 2012: voter turnout.  

PM defends low PCC turnout

In the first PCC elections, turnout was historically low, leading the Electoral Commission to describe it as "a concern for everyone who cares about democracy".

With all ballots counted, turnout was about 14.9%, BBC research showed.

When is this year's PCC election?

You will be able to go the polls and vote for your police and crime commissioner on 5 May.  

Polling box

It is the same day as the local elections which is expected to boost turnout.