Kent police and crime commissioner results
- 16 November 2012
- From the section England
Independent Ann Barnes has been elected as Kent's first police and crime commissioner.
Find out more about each of these candidates below.
ANN BARNES - Independent
Ann Barnes has chaired the Kent Police Authority for the past six years and is now bidding to become the person who replaces it.
The East Kent magistrate has also been deputy chairwoman of the National Association of Police Authorities and advised the home secretary on the appointment of senior officers.
She intends to resist further funding cuts; ensure victims of crime are kept better informed of the progress of investigations, create local police boards to give the public more of a say and appoint a young person to the role of youth commissioner for the county.
DAI LIYANAGE - Independent
Former Medway mayor and Kent Police Authority member, Dai Liyanage MBE, is standing as an Independent candidate.
He is looking to improve liaison with schools and parents to target vandalism, to release more beat officers by transferring some duties to civilians and wants to attract better recruits by making shift patterns more attractive.
Mr Liyanage also wants to improve liaison and communication with other emergency services and with ethnic communities.
CRAIG MACKINLAY - Conservative
Craig Mackinlay is a chartered accountant and tax adviser from Chatham.
The Conservative councillor has served on the Medway unitary authority for five years, is a trustee of four Kent charities, a member of the current Kent Police Authority and a magistrate on the North Kent bench.
He is pledging zero tolerance of drugs and anti-social behaviour, targeting dealers and providing help for addicts, and says he can safeguard police numbers, releasing more on to the streets through better budgeting and reducing bureaucracy.
STEVE UNCLES - English Democrats
Steve Uncles, a health manager, is representing the English Democrats in Kent.
Mr Uncles, from Dartford, favours a return to "common sense" policing, with no "politically correct" prioritising.
Mr Uncles wants crime victims who may have committed crimes in defence of their property to be given the benefit of the doubt where appropriate and is pledging zero tolerance of drugs and persistent pursuit of organised or career criminals, together with less focus on motoring offences.
PIERS WAUCHOPE - UKIP
Criminal barrister Piers Wauchope is currently a UKIP councillor in Tunbridge Wells.
He was previously a councillor in the London Borough of Camden and believes his experience of dealing with 12 different police forces makes him the "best qualified" of all candidates.
Mr Wauchope said police needed to spend more time "preventing and investigating real crimes" and he believed this should be coupled with an "effective plan" to stop reoffending among young people.
HARRIET YEO - Labour
Labour's candidate is Ashford councillor Harriet Yeo.
She is leader of the Labour group in Ashford, president of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA), and vice-chairwoman of Labour's National Executive Committee.
Her pledges include focusing on robbery, serious sexual offences and drugs. She is also determined to ensure support for crime victims and to visit key areas of her patch at least twice a year.