Abolish ‘invisible’ Police and Crime Commissioner

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Dan has called for elected Police and Crime Commissioners to be scrapped. 

Mr Rogerson said that the money used for the Commissioner, his office and elections every four years would be better spent on frontline policing. He suggested that the Commissioners should be replaced by a Police Board made up of elected councillors representing different parts of the police force area.

Dan Rogerson also criticised the Devon and Cornwall’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Conservative Tony Hogg, for being ‘practically invisible’ in rural North Cornwall.

Figures obtained by Mr Rogerson under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Commissioner has attended a handful of visits to places across North Cornwall in the past 2 years, compared to 72 in Exeter alone.

The Commissioner had 2 engagements in both Bude and Launceston in 2014, the year that he closed both town’s police public enquiry desks, compared to 31 visits in Exeter, 26 in Plymouth and 22 in Truro.

Commenting, Dan said “In the year that he chose to close police public enquiry desks at Bude and Launceston police stations the Commissioner only visited each town twice. To add insult to injury, he went ahead with the enquiry desk closures even though he knew that the alternative method of contacting the police – the non-emergency 101 telephone number – wasn’t up to scratch, with people regularly waiting up to 45 minutes to get through to an operator.

“It seems that the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner based in Devon is practically invisible in our area and is doing little to make policing more accountable in North Cornwall. The £1.8 million used to fund the Commissioner and his office should be redirected to front line policing instead.”