South Wales police and crime commissioner election result


Alun Michael from the Labour party has been elected police and crime commissioner for South Wales.

Find out more about each of these candidates below.

MICHAEL BAKER - Independent

image captionMichael Baker is a former police officer who later trained to become a lawyer

Michael Baker is a qualified lawyer who practices both criminal and civil law throughout south Wales.

He previously served as a police officer for 30 years, during which he was involved in community groups in both Cardiff and Rhondda.

Mr Baker's priorities if elected include ensuring that people feel that the police are listening to their concerns and that local communities' concerns drive the commissioner's office rather than politician's needs.

He says he would find a way for members of the public to be involved directly with the work of the commissioner, and to work to restore respect for the police.

CAROLINE JONES - Conservative

image captionCaroline Jones has worked in the prison service as well as being in business

Caroline Jones from Margam has worked in teaching, local government and the prison service as well as being self-employed.

She has stood as a parliamentary and assembly candidate.

She said: "I am passionate about reducing crime in local areas and making the community a safer place to live."

Ms Jones lists her priorities if elected as placing emphasis on rehabilitation for the perpetrator and avid support for the victims. She also said the police have been tied with "much red tape and bureaucracy allowing them little time to combat crime or be visible on the street".


image captionAlun Michael is a former deputy home secretary

Alun Michael is a former secretary of state for Wales and was the Welsh assembly's first leader. He is standing down as MP for Cardiff South, a role he has held since 1987, to be part of the PCC elections.

He was deputy home secretary in 1997, with special responsibility for criminal justice, the police and voluntary sector.

He says his priority as commissioner would be to make sure that South Wales Police focuses its resources on making communities safe and free from crime, and ensuring police are accountable to local people.

He would also make it easier for every member of the public to communicate with and work with the police.

TONY VERDERAME - Independent

image captionTony Verderame believes the role of commissioner free from political bias

Tony Verderame is a retired businessman who has lived in Cardiff for over 40 years.

Mr Verderame is currently chair of the Cardiff Older Persons Forum and is also chair of the South Wales Forum chair network. He received the Queen's Award in 2006 for work with elderly and vulnerable people.

If elected, he would spend time in the community to find out what people feel are the priorities for their area, and would focus on doorstep crime and domestic violence.

He also believes the role of commissioner should be independent and free from political bias.

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