Lincolnshire police and crime commissioner results

Independent Alan Hardwick has been chosen as Lincolnshire's first police and crime commissioner.

Find out more about these candidates below.

DAVID BOWLES - Campaign to Stop Politicians Running Policing

Image caption Mr Bowles is keen to "see off" suggestions that Lincolnshire should merge with other forces

David Bowles said voting for an independent candidate would continue 150 years of policing free from political interference.

Mr Bowles is a former chief executive of Lincolnshire County Council and was also chairman of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust.

He said his first priority would be to look at the funding of the force and to work to ensure it was sustainable going forward.

He added he would seek tougher sanctions for repeat offenders.

Mr Bowles said too many repeat offenders believed there were no consequences for their actions and pressure needed to be put on the government "to get the total system right".

He also said he wanted to see "tough minimum sentences for drug dealing and possession of weapons".

David Bowles' election statement

RICHARD DAVIES - Conservative

Image caption Councillor Richard Davies promised to try to "reduce fear" and prevent crime

Richard Davies was born and raised in Lincolnshire and after university worked as a computer consultant in California before moving back to his home county to start an IT business.

In 2009, he was elected as a Lincolnshire county councillor and soon afterwards joined Lincolnshire Police Authority.

He said he believed his "no-nonsense approach" would help prevent crime, reduce people's fear of lawlessness and "offer the public genuine reassurance about the way their communities are policed".

He added: "Policing deserves to be better in Lincolnshire than it is."

Mr Davies said he planned to have a "Cop Shop" in every town, to help build relationships between the public and police.

He also wants to allow councils and voluntary organisations to fund additional Police Community Support Officers.


Image caption Paul Gleeson believes the public need better access to the police

Paul Gleeson was until recently responsible for arranging and giving legal advice to tribunals in four counties.

He was elected to serve on Boston Borough Council in 2011.

Mr Gleeson said he believed the main role of the commissioner was to highlight the day to day concerns of the public to the police.

"People need to be heard and their concerns about drunkenness, disorderly conduct, the petty vandalism, the sort of thing that impacts on their lives day to day, need addressing," he said.

He said: "My experience as a councillor means I will do everything I can to stand up for every one of Lincolnshire's communities.

"I've seen first hand where the system is failing and what needs to be done to change it."

Paul Gleeson's election statement

ALAN HARDWICK - Independent

Image caption He said "decisions that affect the lives of everyone in the county will not be made behind closed doors"

Former TV presenter Alan Hardwick said he believed everyone should "have a say about policing in Lincolnshire" and it should be free from "any hint of political interference".

He said his aim was to bring "openness and transparency" to the force and said "decisions that affect the lives of everyone in the county will not be made behind closed doors".

Mr Hardwick said his priorities included a focus on rural and local crime and securing more funding for policing in Lincolnshire.

He also plans to introduce a zero tolerance policy on anti-social behaviour.

He has spent the last four years working for the Lincolnshire Police Authority, which he said had given him a good insight into the role and would allow him to "hit the ground running".

Alan Hardwick's election statement

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