Hampshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner today pledged to show no fear or favour in carrying out his duties.
Independent Simon Hayes made the pledge minutes after it was confirmed that he had beaten Tory veteran Michael Mates to the job.
He said: ‘I am humbled by this result and I’m grateful to the public of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for the trust they have put in me to become their first police and crime commissioner.
‘I will exercise that role, without any fear or favour and considering the whole of the community, be it rural or urban.
‘There’s a great responsibility on those of us who have been elected.’
Mr Hayes said: ‘I want to show the public, to demonstrate to the public who have voted for us, and in particulat those that that felt that they didn’t wish to cast a vote, that there is a purpose, there is a point in a police and crime commissioner and that we can be a voice in crime and criminal justice.’
He added: ‘The emphasis must be on reducing and preventing offending. It saves money, it saves victims and it makes our cities a safer place to live and work.
‘I pledge to serve the residents of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to the best of my abilities for the next three-and-a-half-years.’
Mr Hayes ran as an independent candidate and is the chairman of Crimestoppers, Hampshire and Isle of Wight, as well as a former chairman of the Hampshire Police Authority. He is also a director the Perham Trust, a charity that works in rehabilitating addicts and offenders.
Because no single candidate gained more than 50 per cent of the vote in the first round, it went to a second round of votes for the top two candidates.
Michael Mates polled 52,616 first choice votes, but only 13,188 second choice votes for a total of 65,804.
However, Simon Hayes came second in the first round with 47,632 votes, but picked up 33,037 second choice votes, for a total of 80,669.
After the result Mr Mates refused to comment and sped off in his car with his wife.
The current chief constable of Hampshire backed the new appointment.
Chief Constable Alex Marshall, who is soon to leave Hampshire, said: ‘On behalf of the force, I would like to congratulate Simon Hayes on his election to the role of police and crime commissioner for Hampshire.
‘Hampshire is a successful forward-thinking force which has seen a significant reduction in crime levels across the two counties over the past five years.
‘We look forward to working with Simon Hayes as the new commissioner to continue to build on this success and provide a policing service which meets the needs of our communities.’