Shadow minister says Labour will review police and crime commissioner role if party wins election
THE Shadow Police Minister has promised a review of the Police and Crime Commissioner role if Labour are elected at the next election.
David Hanson was out on the streets of Derby with Alan Charles, the Labour candidate, with ten days to go to election day on November 15.
When asked whether the party would scrap the position, Mr Hanson said: "This post runs until 2016 and we will be monitoring what happens during this time.
"If we were to be elected in 2015 then we would be talking to local people, police forces and commissioners to see how the role is working."
Initially Labour were worried that the distinction between the role and that of the Chief Constable was not clear enough.
Mr Hanson said: "We have made it clear that if a Labour candidate was nominated they would allow the Chief Constable to get on with their job."
Mr Charles said: "Mick Creedon and his officers are doing a professional and fantastic job but it will be my job to hold him to account."
During Mr Hanson's visit, he also visited Next Step in Swadlincote.
The organisation helps victims of domestic abuse in South Derbyshire.
Mr Charles said: "Protection and justice for the victims of domestic abuse, male and female, will be one of my top priorities if I'm elected.
"Next Step is providing a great service but is suffering from funding difficulties.
"If I am elected, one of the first things I will do is get together with various agencies to try and make sure this vital facility is kept open."
And the subject of cuts was also something that Mr Charles, who had to step down as a candidate for a time earlier this year due to a minor crime in his teens, hopes the elections could also help get a fairer deal for the county.
He said: "In Derbyshire we are looking at a cut to the police budget of 20% while in Surrey it is 6%.
"My hope is that if we have a large number of Labour commissioners elected then they will be very powerful lobbying group.
"We have to stand up for the people of Derby to make sure that us and other authorities have a fair deal."
The other candidates are Tory Simon Spencer, UKIP's David Gale and independent Rod Hutton.