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Chief constable congratulates winner of Police and Crime Commissioner election

By marcprosser  |  Posted: November 17, 2012

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer.

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The chief constable of Devon & Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, has offered his congratulations to the winner of the Police and and Crime Commissioner election, the Conservative Tony Hogg.

"I would like to congratulate Tony Hogg on being the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly," he said.

The chief constable also took the opportunity to share his belief that the new Police and Crime Commissioner and the area's police force are on the same page when it comes to the long-term goals for policing in Devon and Cornwall.

"I believe that we both share the same long-term aspirations of reducing crime, enhancing the safety and well-being of the public and their quality of life. I will fully support Tony in his role," he said.

Tony Hogg will take up office on 22 November.

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  • 2ladybugs  |  November 18 2012, 2:21PM

    I don't know what all the fuss is about. Everbody had the chance to vote, unless of course you have not sent back your forms giving you the right to vote at elections. If you couldn't be bothered to vote because you didn't know what the vote was for then you could have made it your duty to find out. I suspect that the reason for the low turnout was the complete lack-lustre interest that people have in this country and how this country is run. Even when we vote for a party to govern us they, like most other countries governments, never do what people want. Of course, whatever any government did, would always be at odds with some of the population. They will be damned if they do and damned if they don't. I personally, looked at the credentials of the person I was voting for, to see whether they had the ability to run a tight ship (pardon the pun) and whether they had ever had to work with a budget. Of the motley assortment of choices we were given, Tony Hogg was the only one who fitted the bill. However, if I find that he is not delivering at the end of his term, I know I will have the chance to vote for another candidate. It might prove, however, that this new tier in policing is not working and the money would be better spent to provide more bobbies on the beat.

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  • Truro_Kernow  |  November 18 2012, 12:35PM

    Strikes are important because they affect people's lives. The same is true of policing. Here is a selection of quotes from leading Conservatives when the Public and Commercial Services Union announced a strike of border guards in July 2012. Damian Green MP: "With only around one in 10 voting for industrial action, they have no authority to call their members out on strike." Dominic Raab MP: "It can't be right that union bosses can humiliate the nation when just 11 per cent of their members support strike action." Priti Patel MP: "Any ballot in which fewer than half of those eligible to vote do so should be ruled invalid." Conor Burns MP: "The idea that these cloth cap colonels can hold the public to ransom on a turnout of 11 per cent is grotesque and anti-democratic." Matthew Hancock MP: "Union bosses who should not be allowed to call a strike when only a minority of their members voted for a strike." Boss Hogg was voted in by 5% of the electorate! Kernow bys vyken!

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  • Cadoc  |  November 18 2012, 12:03PM

    Old 'Big' Ger and his view of things makes me hoot! 5% vote for Boss Hogg and he is elated, 59% vote other than Tory and he is crowing. The Tories have to go cap in hand to the Libs to form a Government and 'Big' Ger thinks the Empire is coming back. I think 'Big' Ger and his England forever might be in for a big shock this next few years! Doubtless, he'll be chatting about that down the 'Admiral' or the 'Lodge'.

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  • Big_Ger  |  November 18 2012, 9:03AM

    "It's extremely bad news that a Conservative got in as the Conservatives do not truly reflect Cornwall." The conservative party won three of the six seats in Cornwall, with 41% of the vote, in the 2010 national elections. In the 209 county council election they won 50 seats with 34% of the vote. In a democracy that gives them the majority consent from the Cornish public to act on our behalf. In this election the Conservative candidate got the majority of the votes, so he is democratically elected by consent. It's no good crying over spilt milk if your candidate doesn't win, that is part and parcel of democracy.

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  • Truro_Kernow  |  November 17 2012, 9:38PM

    It's extremely bad news that a Conservative got in as the Conservatives do not truly reflect Cornwall. This Mr Hogg holds no public mandate at all. A small percentage of the number who did bother to vote actually voted for him. This is the Tories for you. To politicise the police was their idea. Next the privatisation will continue and companies like G4S will be rubbing their grubby little hands together. As for the Tory's 'friends' the treacherous Fib Dems, their heads should hang in shame. The Tory Party is getting increasingly out of touch. Never mind, elections are approaching and they and their ConDemn partners can be consigned to the rubbish bin. Kernow bys vyken

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  • eu_blues  |  November 17 2012, 6:57PM

    Don't worry. The privatisation of the police will be next on the agenda.

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  • MapSerpren  |  November 17 2012, 2:36PM

    Whatever your political views, all must agree this poll was a shambles. I repeat below my letter sent to my MP and copied to the Electoral Commission:- "I was one of the very few who voted in yesterday's PCC elections as I believe it is important to vote at every opportunity. Never, ever have I seen such voter apathy or complete and utter confusion. Apart from my poll card, I never received one single piece of information through my letter box from either an agency of government or any candidate. I was not alone in this as no member of my family at other addresses did nor my neighbours nor most of my friends. At one stage yesterday, the official internet website containing information about the election and the ten candidates crashed! I witnessed people entering the polling station with no idea of who to vote for. The voters I saw were all aged in their 50's and older. One polling station in this your constituency had under 100 of a potential 1,800 voters turn up to vote. Voters even left without voting because they had no idea who to vote for and no information to act on. I know of many voters who deliberately spoiled their ballot papers with phrases such as 'keep politicians out of policing.' This whole affair has been a complete and utter shambles and the winning candidate has no democratic mandate to take up the office at all. I sadly feel that democracy is fast dying and Westminster must be held to account for this. I have never known our elected representatives held in such low regard. I find this alarming and we now face a few generations of people who are completely disenchanted with our system of government and that will cause very obvious problems. Please accept my concerns and pass them on. This is utterly appalling and I believe you must agree."

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  • Daritedan  |  November 17 2012, 1:39PM

    Every decision regarding policing in Devon and Cornwall will be ordered by, or, put to Tory Party HQ for approval and he will just touch his forelock. Politicisation of the police has started!

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  • kernowken  |  November 17 2012, 1:24PM

    Another Tory!

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  • Cottage Farm Organics  |  November 17 2012, 1:08PM

    What a disaster! The worst candidate won. I have attended a Q&A session with all the candidates and the tory Hogg was outstanding in his arrogance and stupidity. Well done to all those stay-at-homes and ballot-spoilers. Happy now?

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