Candidates announced for the PCC Elections which take place alongside the County Council Elections on 6 May.
Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.
Read about the candidates and that they say below – plus see a pdf document at foot of page.
Caroline Elizabeth Henry
For years, our forgotten Nottinghamshire towns have been let down when it comes to policing decisions.
While crime rises and drugs spiral out of control, money continues to pour in to Nottingham city – leaving our towns and villages left to fend for themselves.
Let’s work together to change that, once and for all.
Police and Crime Commissioners have a big job with big responsibilities. They manage a multimillion pound police budget, hold the police to account and set local policing priorities – so it matters who’s in charge.
With me as your Police & Crime Commissioner, we can finally get tough on crime in our market towns and villages across the county. To crack down on out-of-control drug gangs. And stamp out the fly-tipping, illegal encampments and machinery theft which blight our farmers and rural communities.
I’ll also be best placed to work with the Government to secure Nottinghamshire’s fair share of the 20,000 additional police officers being recruited.
This election is our chance to secure a change to policing decisions in Nottinghamshire – so we can get crime down.
Because since the last PCC election in 2016, crime has risen in every town by up to 35%. We must do something about it. Together, we can.
We need fresh ideas. Let’s set up a community commission, so you can tell me what resources your area needs. Let’s work together to review bad decisions on closed police stations. And let’s make sure that your voice is heard when policing decisions are made.
Nottinghamshire deserves better. You deserve better.
So use your first preference vote for me on Thursday 6th May – together, we can secure better policing decisions, more police and safer streets.
Promoted by Sylvia Gillespie-Bell, on behalf of Caroline Henry, both at 146 Station Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2AY
David Kenneth Watts
David Watts is the ideal person to serve as the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Nottingham. David has degrees in business law and criminology and works as a solicitor advocate specialising in criminal law. He understands how the police and the criminal justice system work. Her knows how to get results.
David’s key aims are to ensure that we use evidence in tackling crime, relying on what works rather than some narrow party dogma. He is all about getting results. David also wants to ensure that the police have the resources that they need to tackle crime and do their job effectively. David wants to ensure that the police and the public can work in partnership with each other to create safer and happier communities. He rejects the “us and them” attitude of some people, and views policing as being most effective when it happens with the consent of the community. David rejects the idea of paramilitary policing and wants to ensure that every community has a local police officer that they know and trust.
David has eighteen years’ experience as a councillor and was previously the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council. Before moving into private practice he worked for the civil service. He understands local people and also how large organisations work. With his academic and practitioner background David will bring to the job all the skills and knowledge necessary to be a success. Working with the police on a day to day basis means that David has all the tools to be a really effective Police and Crime Commissioner.
Please use your number one vote in this election to elect David Watts as your new Police and Crime Commissioner.
This statement was prepared by Bob Charlesworth, Election Agent, 10 Garden Road, Eastwood, Nottingham, NG16 3FW
It has been an enormous privilege serving as Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, making the county a safer place for all our communities.
Crime is falling faster in Nottinghamshire than anywhere else in the country. Across our county, communities are benefitting from hundreds of extra police officers and there are more to come.
In just two years, we recruited an additional 260 police officers – just as local people wanted. My budget this year will fund 100 more officers. By March 2024, almost 500 additional officers would have joined the ranks.
Every neighbourhood now has a new proactive policing team, dedicated to tackling the issues that matter to local people and helping deliver a steep reduction in overall crime.
There were 21% fewer offences last year. Violent offences have fallen by 38%, burglary is down 34% and knife crime is down by 11% – bucking national and regional trends. There were 20,000 fewer victims of crime last year alone.
But there is more to do.
I’m asking for a mandate to continue working for the people of Nottinghamshire to keep our communities safe.
I’ve lived in Nottinghamshire for 50 years. I know its people and, importantly, the issues and concerns when it comes to crime and community safety.
As PCC I will ensure your voice helps to shape the way Nottinghamshire is policed.
- Continue to boost neighbourhood policing teams.
- Invest in even better services for victims of crime and increase support for victims of violence against women and girls.
- Tackle cyber-crime and online fraud, working with partners to safeguard young people both online and on our streets.
- Build on the progress in tackling knife crime.
- With partners, build stronger and safer communities.
This statement was prepared by David Ellis, Election Agent, 63 Walsingham Road, Woodthorpe, Nottingham NG5 4NQ