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Hampshire and Isle of Wight PCC: Simon Hayes outlines plans

Hampshire and the Isle of Wight's new Police and Crime Commissioner has outlined his priorities for when he takes up his new post.

Simon Hayes pledged to improve police response times and will also be recruiting a new chief constable to replace Alex Marshall who is standing down in the new year.

Ex-Tory Mr Hayes is a former chairman of Hampshire Police Authority. Standing as an independent candidate, he beat former Conservative minister Michael Mates, after second preferences votes were counted, with 80,669 to Mr Mates' 65,804.

The government set up the commissioner role in an effort to make police more accountable, with a single "figurehead" monitoring and ensuring performance.

  • 16 Nov 2012