Former cop may stand for police commissioner job
A FORMER policeman and member of the UK Independence Party says he is "weighing up his options" before announcing whether he will stand for election to become Derbyshire's first police and crime commissioner.
David Gale said he was in the process of sifting through paperwork provided by the Home Office before deciding whether or not to apply for the £75,000-a-year role.
Mr Gale stood as an independent candidate in the Derby North constituency, losing out to Labour's Chris Williamson in the 2010 general election.
He said he would know in "two to three weeks" if he would stand for UKIP in the election.
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He said: "The issue is the amount of information I've been sent to read through and I'm still only about halfway through.
"Bearing in mind this has only been provided to prospective candidates in the past two to three weeks, I'm surprised that those who put themselves forward did so without reading through it."
The public will go to the polls on November 15 to vote in the first commissioner.
The elected post will see one person in 40 of the 43 force areas in England and Wales voted in.
They will replace the existing police authority and will have the power to set the police budget, council tax precept and hire and fire the chief constable.
There is currently a two-horse race in Derbyshire between Labour's Alan Charles and the Conservative Party candidate Simon Spencer.
Mr Gale said: "We have only recently had the full brief, which is provided to candidates by the constabulary's chief officers.
"If I do decide to stand, I will have the operational experience of being a former policeman to back me for my viability for the role."
It was also reported yesterday that another former policeman, Rob Hutton, was considering the role.
The Derby Telegraph was unable to contact him.
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