New candidate joins race for county's first police commissioner
A FIFTH candidate has entered the race to become Derbyshire's first police and crime commissioner.
The UK Independence Party's David Gale has vowed, if elected, to provide 50 extra "beat bobbies" and to seek to prevent the privatisation of police services.
Mr Gale, who has served as an officer in the Nottinghamshire Constabulary, also wants to "make sure the people of Derbyshire have the best police service that they can have".
He said: "As someone who has worked both with and within the police service, and spent 25 years promoting our region's unique attributes, I would be immensely proud to serve as the people of Derbyshire's first police commissioner."
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Mr Gale, who lives in Alvaston, joined Nottinghamshire police as a constable in 1978 and received a commendation for detecting more than 60 burglaries.
Then, between 1985 and 1996, he led the RamTec Motorsport project – which aimed to promote Derby's engineering expertise.
In 1996, he founded his own company, of which he is still a director. Then between 2002 and 2006, he worked for Derby City Council as a principle IT consultant.
Mr Gale – who joins Tory Simon Spencer, Labour's Alan Charles and independents Rob Lane and Rod Hutton in the election race – said placing more officers on the streets was among his top priorities.
He said: "Everywhere I travel in the county, I hear the same consistent message 'We want more bobbies on the beat'. Well, it's time to listen to the people who pay the bills and deliver the kind of policing that they want.
"I will deliver a focus on business efficiencies and priorities that will see the money channelled straight back into front-line policing."
Mr Gale said he had met various police chiefs in recent weeks. He said: "I am now convinced that, barring another major round of Government cuts, I can commit to providing 50 additional bobbies on the beat within my four-year term."
Mr Gale also said he wanted to be "tough on crime, criminals and police".
He said: "We have all had enough of the kid gloves approach to crime. I will have a zero-tolerance policy on everything from litter to anti-social behaviour. If you commit an arrestable offence, you should expect to be arrested.
"In particular, I will ensure there is a special focus to stamp out gang-related crime.
"While the vast majority of officers have an absolute focus on delivering the best possible service to the public, there are always rogue elements that can contribute towards a rift between the police and the public they serve.
"I will look to instill a more traditional culture within the police service based on discipline and accountability."
Police and crime commissioners will replace police authorities in 41 areas following elections on November 15.