Fareham council leader puts name forward for Hampshire police role

112208_CAT_MEETING_20/06/11''Fareham Town Council leader, Sean Woodward, speaking at a public meeting at Neville Lovett school, Fareham. ''Community Action Team meeting regarding 7,000 new homes planned for north Fareham. ' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (112208-841)
112208_CAT_MEETING_20/06/11''Fareham Town Council leader, Sean Woodward, speaking at a public meeting at Neville Lovett school, Fareham. ''Community Action Team meeting regarding 7,000 new homes planned for north Fareham. ' 'Picture: Allan Hutchings (112208-841)

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THE leader of Fareham Borough Council could become the first elected person to hold Hampshire Constabulary into account.

Councillor Sean Woodward has put his name forward to become the county’s first police commissioner.

The new role would take over from the current Hampshire Police Authority and would make the chief constable answerable to him.

Cllr Woodward, who has been a councillor for 26 years, said: ‘This role is about being the voice of the people and holding the chief constable into account.

‘Currently the police authority is made up of unelected members.

‘After seven years on the authority it’s something I am interested in doing.

‘If I were elected I would ceast to be the leader of Fareham council.’

Elections for the new role take place on November 15 this year.

‘In my view police are there to catch criminals and deter crime,’ added Cllr Woodward.

‘But a lot of policing work ends up being done behind a desk.

‘One change I would like to make is free up officers’ time from behind the desk.’