Ukip picks candidate for police and crime commissioner ballot

Roy Swales
Roy Swales
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A FORMER police officer is bidding to become the county’s police and crime commissioner.

Roy Swales, 59, is standing in the 2016 Hampshire ballot for Ukip. The party is sponsoring his election attempt.

Mr Swales, pictured, served for 10 years as a PC in Surrey Police before he was injured and medically retired.

He then worked for Hampshire Constabulary for nine years as a civilian before being made redundant from his role as head of the leadership and professional development department.

Mr Swales, of Totton, Southampton, said: ‘I’ve got many ideas of what I want to do.’

He added: ‘For me it’s really about bringing the police force up to date, bringing it into the 21st century and equipping it for the 21st century.’

Mr Swales served in the Army and left Surrey police in 1997 before working in Hampshire Constabulary between 2006 and 2015.

He added: ‘I’m deeply worried about the increase in assaults on police and I want to see harsher sentencing and better officer protection.’