North Wales police and crime commissioner election results
- 16 November 2012
- From the section Wales
Winston Roddick, an independent, has been elected police and crime commissioner for North Wales.
Find out more about each of these candidates below.
RICHARD HIBBS - Independent
Richard Hibbs is a businessman who has lived in Llandudno for 18 years. He is a Welsh learner and runs a national training programme for mental health professionals in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Mr Hibbs says he will be independent of party politics and is independent of the police, having never worked for a police force.
He has pledged to be tough on bureaucracy and would bring in a Scandinavian-style zero tolerance on drugs and excessive drinking.
He also says he would provide police stations where members of the public actually want them, and give each household a £20 rebate on their council tax police precept from £40m cash reserves he says is held by North Wales Police Authority.
COLM McCABE - Conservatives
Colm McCabe, born in County Tipperary in Ireland, is the new candidate following the decision by former candidate Derek Barker to step down from the position due to ill health.
He runs a charity which teaches life skills to young people through sport, and a former chief officer for the Special Constabulary in North Wales.
He says his priorities will be to reduce crime and make North Wales' communities safer places to live through tackling anti-social behaviour, reckless and dangerous driving, and by taking a zero tolerance approach to drugs.
He said he looked forward to campaigning and meeting residents to discuss their views on policing in the area.
TAL MICHAEL - Labour
Tal Michael is the former chief executive of North Wales Police Authority who resigned in order to run for the Labour nomination.
He is a Welsh speaker and believes the role of commissioner is to be a bridge between the community and the police.
He has pledged to focus on victims who most need help and to ensure that when people are let down that the police apologises and takes action to ensure it does not happen again.
Mr Michael, who lives in Colwyn Bay, also says he would fight for "fair resources" from the UK government.
WARWICK NICHOLSON - UKIP
Warwick Nicholson, born in Salford in Greater Manchester, is a retired police officer who served with Greater Manchester Police for 31 years.
Mr Nicholson, who lives on a farm in Cyffylliog, Denbighshire, is now a part time caretaker at Ysgol Cyffylliog.
He says his priorities are re-engaging the police and the public and to ensure the chief constable is free from political interference.
Mr Nicholson will also examine the role of special constables and assess how the role can be improved.
WINSTON RODDICK - Independent
Winston Roddick is one of Wales' leading barristers and was Wales' first Counsel General, the most senior legal adviser to the Welsh assembly.
He began his career as a police constable in Liverpool before becoming a barrister in Wales and London. He was a Recorder in the Crown Court at Caernarfon, Mold and Chester and has recently stepped down as Honorary Recorder of Caernarfon.
Mr Roddick believes that north Wales needs a police commissioner who can act independently of political interference.
He has pledged to work across the region to ensure that the police service develops partnerships both inside and outside the criminal justice system, while working to ensure officers are more visible in towns and villages.