Devon and Cornwall PCC Tony Hogg to 'walk the beat'

Tony Hogg Tony Hogg said he hoped to connect with the public

Related Stories

The new police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Devon and Cornwall has said he will "walk the beat" to understand his force and region.

Conservative Tony Hogg was elected on Friday after securing 64,419 votes, 65.1% of the final vote.

Despite a turnout of 14.7%, Mr Hogg said his job was "very important".

He said his priorities included boosting the force's morale and focusing on helping young people "hovering on the edge of crime".

Authority 'failure'

"We've had a police authority for a number of years, they've worked hard, but they failed on one respect which is to connect with people in their policing area and that's one of my primary roles," he said.

"I want to look at all mechanisms - modern social media, emails - and more importantly dealing with people who don't access those system and getting out and walking around Devon and Cornwall and talking to people.

"I've pledged to walk the beat."

Mr Hogg said he hoped to provide strong leadership to the force which is expected to go from 3,500 officers to 2,800 by 2015 due to spending shortfalls.

Election investigation

"I've got a lot of listening and learning to do in the first instance but I will look within the first six months to the first year to give people the impression that there is someone there very committed to the job," he added.

The Electoral Commission is to look at the low turnout after fewer than 15% of voters turned out in the 41 English and Welsh police areas, a peacetime low.

Mr Hogg said: "People should be concerned about it but we have to remember that this is the first time for this very new role.

"I think that people just didn't have enough information in enough time, so they didn't vote."

His official start date is 22 November, but Mr Hogg said he would start the job "immediately".

More on This Story

Related Stories

From other news sites

* May require registration or subscription

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More England stories

RSS

Features

  • Baby being handed overFraught world

    The legal confusion over UK surrogate births


  • Bad resultsBlame game

    The best excuses to use when exam results don't make the grade


  • Police respond to a shooting in Santa MonicaTrigger decision

    What really happens before a police officer fires his gun?


  • Child injured by what activists say were two air strikes in the north-eastern Damascus suburb of Douma (3 August 2014)'No-one cares'

    Hope fades for Syrians one year after chemical attack


  • Lady AlbaGoing Gaga Watch

    Social media's use ahead of the independence referendum


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.