The Police and Crime Commissioner elections are now done and dusted. The turnout for this election was just over 22%, which in my opinion is a pretty poor turnout for such and important role. However, it was an improvement from the previous election.
After the first round of counting, the total number of valid first preference votes cast for each of the candidates is as follows:
|Name||Description of Candidate||Votes|
|DERRICK Gareth Gwyn James||Labour Party Candidate||66,519|
|HERNANDEZ Alison Selina||The Conservative Party Candidate||69,354|
|SMITH Jonathan Leslie||UK Independence Party (UKIP)||49,659|
|YOUNGER-ROSS Richard Alan||Liberal Democrats||35,154|
|The number of ballot papers rejected at the first count is as follows:|
|Want of an official mark||1|
|Voting for more than one candidate as to the first preference vote||3,375|
|Writing or mark by which the voter could be identified||10|
|Unmarked as to the first preference vote||2,961|
|Void for uncertainty as to the first preference vote||3,183|
|Total rejected papers at the first count||9,530|
|The total number of ballot papers verified is||294,120|
|The turnout of the election is||22.80%|
No candidate received more than 50% of the valid first preference votes. A count therefore needed to be undertaken using the second preference votes for the candidates who are not eliminated from the contest.
This left two candidates in the running to become the Police and Crime Commissioner. There were Labour’s Gareth Derrick and the Tory candidate Alison Hernandez.
The total number of valid second preference votes cast for each of the remaining candidates are shown below:
|Name||Description of Candidate||Votes|
|DERRICK Gareth Gwyn James||Labour Party Candidate||20,723|
|HERNANDEZ Alison Selina||The Conservative Party Candidate||21,682|
|The number of ballot papers rejected at the second count is as follows:|
|Want of an official mark||0|
|Voting for more than one candidate as to the second preference vote||161|
|Writing or mark by which the voter could be identified||0|
|Unmarked as to the second preference vote||20,249|
|Void for uncertainty as to the second preference vote||816|
|Total rejected papers at the second count||21,326|
From this, the first and second preferences are added together. As follows:
|The total number of valid first and second preference votes cast for each of the remaining candidates is as follows:|
|Candidate||First preferences||Second preferences||Total|
|DERRICK Gareth Gwyn James||66,519||20,723||87,242|
|HERNANDEZ Alison Selina||69,354||21,682||91,036|
Therefore, the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Cornwall and Devon is Alison Hernandez. Exeter City Council details.
- To work as a team with MPs and the Government to get the best funding deal for the people of Devon and Cornwall. The way Government decides how much each force should get is being reviewed. So it is vital we put a strong case for the challenges of our large geography with urban, rural and coastal aspects, along with the influx of visitors during the summer.
Put policing at the heart of communities both on our streets and online.
(a) Safety on our streets: A visible uniformed presence will never be lost during my term of office. It’s so important to respect the diversity of our communities and ensure they receive the policing they need. There is a lot of innovation in Cornwall from working with the other emergency services to greater effect such as the pilot in Hayle. This tri-service station where Police, Fire and Ambulance work as one could be expanded. I’m impressed with the Newquay Safe model and how that can work in other places along with the Streetnet scheme which helps to cascade information about incidences to individual streets.
(b) Safety online: I’m planning to develop policing online specially to protect the young from cyber bullying and online grooming. I want there to be an opportunity to chat to a Police Officer while online. Businesses told me cyber crime was their number one concern when I toured the Royal Cornwall Showground in March and when I visited many towns in Cornwall and they wanted help to learn more how to protect themselves.
- Support those affected by crime: victims, witnesses, businesses and the most vulnerable in our community need to be able to better access the Police and supported to put their lives back on track. Victim care is the responsibility of the PCC and I will ensure a strong focus on this. I aim to expand the Safe Place Scheme for people with learning disabilities and the Purple Angel Scheme for people affected by dementia. Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will become known as THE Safe Place to live, work and visit. I will produce a Business Crime Action Plan to better support those who contribute greatly to our community and encourage better practice for keeping employees and customers safe too. I aim to hot desk in high crime areas, support the expansion of Neighbourhood Health Watch (www.neighbourhoodhealthwatch.org.uk) , safeguard children and young people in need and develop a better way to help those with mental health issues.
Improve crime reporting, especially 101. Waiting up to 45 minutes is unacceptable. I know work has started, one of which is the introduction of a new email to contact the team firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review Police Station closures so that people don’t feel abandoned. Again working with the other emergency services is key for this. I want to see how we can maintain the equivalent of a Police Station front desk in some form in every community that wants or needs one. This could be within a partner agency’s premises or even a local business.
Though, it is not all celebration for Alison. As the BBC has run a story on calls she should stand aside’ over expenses probe in the recent General Election.