Dorset police and crime commissioner results

  • 16 November 2012
  • From the section England

Independent Martyn Underhill has been elected as Dorset's new police and crime commissioner.

ANDY CANNING - Liberal Democrat

Image caption Andy Canning said he wanted to be a "strong voice" for residents

Mayor of Dorchester Andy Canning, who is also a councillor on West Dorset council and Dorchester Town Council, has been selected by the Liberal Democrats in Dorset.

He is a trained economist and worked at a senior level at two major high street banks, which he believes could help Dorset Police manage cutbacks.

Mr Canning said he wanted to be a "strong voice" for residents, make sure the police achieved value for money and stop young people from getting into crime in the first place.

Andy Canning's election statement

NICK KING - Conservative

Image caption Nick King said he wanted to see the link between police and Neighbourhood Watch schemes improved

Nick King, who is the Conservative candidate, is a serving councillor on Bournemouth Borough Council and has been a member of the Dorset Police Authority for five years.

Before politics, he followed in the footsteps of seven generations of his family by running his own business - setting up his first company aged 25.

Mr King is campaigning to increase police visibility on the streets, restore links between the force and Neighbourhood Watch schemes while concentrating on more restorative justice projects.

Nick King's election statement


Image caption Rachel Rogers is a former deputy governor at HMP The Verne

Labour candidate Rachel Rogers has spent 10 years working in the prison service, including HMP The Verne in Portland and Holloway prison in London, rising to the rank of deputy governor.

Also a qualified teacher, she has a background in public service and currently works in the field of children's rights and was elected earlier this year to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council as member for Littlemoor ward.

Ms Rogers believes that crime prevention is the best way of supporting victims and said she was "committed to ensuring that criminal justice and community safety services reflect local needs" and that the force remains a public service, not for profit.

Rachel Rogers' election statement


Image caption Former detective Martyn Underhill worked on the Sarah Payne case

Former police chief Martyn Underhill was second in charge of the Sarah Payne murder investigation during his time with Sussex Police and is now standing as an Independent candidate.

After retiring in 2009 he moved to Dorset and has gone on to campaign on issues surrounding safeguarding children, including Sarah's Law which was introduced in the county in 2010.

He said he was standing as an Independent candidate because he believed in "Dorset solutions for Dorset people" without party politics and his priorities were to tackle anti-social behaviour, reduce marine and rural crime and put the victim first.

Martyn Underhill's election statement

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