Hampshire police commissioner candidate vows to give police offiers the latest technology

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FORMER East Hampshire MP Michael Mates has vowed to make sure Hampshire police has the best available technology to fight crime.

Mr Mates, who is vying to become Hampshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, made the pledge at a packed public meeting in the Meon Valley.

The Conservative candidate said: ‘I shall work with the Chief Constable to make sure that the police services have the right equipment to deter crime. For example, in the latest published report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspectorate of Probation, 37 per cent of tagged offenders were involved in serious violations of their conditions.

‘That is simply not good enough. We need to embrace new technology to make sure that the judiciary is given more effective methods of deterring offenders from committing new crimes.’

Voters will chose the commissioner in an election on November 15. Other candidates are Jacqui Rayment for Labour, independent Simon Hayes and Lib Dem David Goodall.