Norfolk police and crime commissioner results
- 19 November 2012
- From the section England
Independent Stephen Bett has been elected police and crime commissioner for Norfolk.
Find out more about these candidates below.
JAMIE ATHILL - Conservative
Conservative PCC candidate Jamie Athill left the Army in 2011 as a colonel, having held infantry leadership and management positions in British and Gurkha units before commanding an Army training regiment.
He said: "My military career has equipped me with leadership, resource management and policy making skills that I believe are directly relevant to the PCC's role: Listening to people and explaining options; balancing local circumstances in the context of the bigger picture and having the confidence to make the right tough decisions.
"I am not interested in using the PCC job to develop wider political ambitions - this is about bringing people together to deliver what is needed on the ground in the fight against crime."
STEPHEN BETT - Independent
Stephen Bett has resigned as the chairman of the Norfolk Police Authority and the Conservative Party to stand as an Independent candidate.
He said: "I've always been against PCCs but we are where we are and there's no point in throwing the teddies out of the pram and going off in a tantrum.
"Politics should not be a part of policing. We should do what is best for the people and the constabulary of Norfolk. I feel that I have shown in the past 17 years that I have done that and I would like to do it through these very, very tricky times."
JAMES JOYCE - Liberal Democrat
Broadland district councillor James Joyce, who is stepping down as a Norfolk Police Authority member to stand for the post, has been selected as the Lib Dem candidate.
He said: "We are fortunate to live in a 'low crime' area. Norfolk is acknowledged as one of the safest counties in England with 50 crimes per 1,000 residents against an average of 66 crimes per 1,000 across the country. Making sure that this position is maintained is essential.
"Like all public bodies, the police are under financial pressure, they need to do more for less. Driving out inefficiency is and has to remain a key objective. Back room savings must continue to be turned into front-line visibility."
STEVE MORPHEW - Labour
Former Norwich City Council leader Steve Morphew has been selected as the Labour candidate. After 15 years as a city councillor and five years as leader, Mr Morphew has been an HR professional, working with charities for many years.
He said: "I will oppose police privatisation, cuts in police services and the government's treatment of the police. We must defend neighbourhood policing and the improvements made under a Labour government.
"I'll use the massive scope there is to improve partnership working with local authorities, NHS and other agencies to deter crime and help keep those likely to become criminals out of trouble."
MATTHEW SMITH - United Kingdom Independence Party
Matthew Smith, a Great Yarmouth campaigner for Save Our Coastguards, has been chosen as the UKIP candidate for the post.
Mr Smith said people in the county wanted to see more "bobbies on the beat" and this would be one of his main priorities.
"PSCOs with little or no power are not a decent substitute for a local police officer who knows his area, knows the people involved and is part of the community," he said.