‘We want to hear from anyone’ for police job

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WATERLOOVILLE MP George Hollingbery is urging community-minded people to come forward as candidates for a top role at Hampshire police.

The MP wants people to come forward and be the Conservatives’ candidate for Hampshire’s new police commissioner.

The new role’s aim is to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service by holding the chief constable to account.

The election for the new £85,000-a-year job takes place on November 15 and it is expected several political parties will offer up candidates.

Mr Hollingbery is the Conservatives’ campaign co-ordinator for the election.

He said: ‘This is an exciting and powerful role within Hampshire and it needs to have the best people standing for election to it

‘Ultimately a police commissioner can dismiss the chief constable, so it’s a big deal.

‘The winning candidate will have an important role in setting police priorities. That could mean focusing on bobbies on the beat or whether enough is being done to combat burglary and anti-social behaviour.’

He added: ‘So far former Home Secretaries, police officers, journalists and military leaders have all expressed an interest in the role, but that doesn’t mean other professions are excluded. We want to hear from anyone who feels they have the skills and experience.’