Police commissioner candidates quizzed by voluntary and community sector in Northamptonshire

The Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner election takes place on Thursday May 5, 2016
The Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner election takes place on Thursday May 5, 2016
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About 60 people from Northamptonshire’s voluntary and community sector turned up to hear from each of the Police and Crime Commissioner candidates at a recent hustings.

Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council delivered the event in partnership with Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire to allow voluntary and community groups a chance to express their concerns and discuss how their organisation could be affected within the communities they serve.

A spokeswoman said: “In recent years, the post has been important in delivering additional funding streams to the voluntary and community sector.”

Chair, Laney Holland led the panel session which saw submitted questions and questions from the floor, from the likes of Neighbourhood Watch, Northants Keep Safe and Northampton Academy.

Candidates present were Kevin McKeever, Labour, Stephen Mold, Conservative, and Sam Watts, UKIP.

“All were involved in small group discussions, a one hour panel session and a chance to highlight their main priorities within the role and what they hoped to achieve,” the spokeswoman said.

“Main points touched upon throughout included maintaining frontline policing, cutting the cost of the OPCC, increasing the safety of our counties children and a zero tolerance approach to domestic violence.” she added.

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections will take place on Thursday May 5.