Tony Hogg elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall
Tony Hogg, Conservative, has been declared the winner of the Police and Crime Commissioner Election for Devon and Cornwall and has been sworn in.
Speaking after the final results were announced Mr Hogg said he was "greatly honoured" to be elected as PCC for Devon and Cornwall and added that he had learnt a lot about the role of the PCC though meeting members of the public during the past few months.
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He said: "The role will not be one where the PCC acts alone. It's very important that I understand that there are partnerships across this policing area and I'll be working closely with all of them."
Mr Hogg said that Devon and Cornwall had a "very fine" police force and said, although it was right that the PCC should "challenge" the force, he would aim to do that in a constructive way.
He said: "We can be proud of our police area. It's a great area and together we can make it better."
Mr Hogg was then sworn in as PCC.
Speaking after the swearing in he said: "I want to justify the trust that's been put in me and to start work pretty much immediately."
Mr Hogg won with a total of 69,419 votes while Mr Greenslade, who came second, received 37,243.
Brian Greenslade, one of two candidates remaining in the running for the role of Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, said he had been feeling cautiously confident over the last few days.
He said: "I felt in the last week or 10 days that I was getting a lot of support." Brian Greenslade is the former Liberal Democrat leader of Devon County Council but is standing for the PCC role as an Independent as he believes it should not be a political role.
"If I come out in the winning position at the end of the night, as far as police go I want to make sure the Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) continue to be funded. I believe we can reduce the number of cuts to police officers and in doing both those things try and improve the view of police visibility."
Mr Greenslade said he had opposed the introduction of the PCC role, describing it as "bonkers".
He said: "I think it's a flawed system as the poor turnout has demonstrated."
However, once it went ahead, he said he had been convinced that he could bring some valuable experience to the role.
He said: "I think undoubtedly I'm the candidate with the most experience."
The results from the first round of counting at the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner have been announced and Brian Greenslade and Tony Hogg will now go head to head for the position.
As no candidate gained more than 50 per cent of the first choice votes the two candidates who gained the most first choice votes go through to the next round of counting.
Kevin Lavery, the Police Area Returning Officer for Devon and Cornwall and Cornwall Council Chief Executive, made the first declaration moments ago at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, Redruth, where the count is taking place.
He announced that Brian Greenslade, an Independent candidate, had received 24,719 first choice votes while Tony Hogg, Conservative, had received 55,257. All other eight candidates have now been eliminated, and second choice votes for either of the top two candidates will now be added to their total.
With 10 candidates vying for the position in Devon and Cornwall, the force area had one of the highest number of candidates of any police force in the country.
The results of the first count were :
Brian Samuel Blake, Liberal Democrats 23948
Graham David Calderwood, Independent 8667
Brian Carol Greenslade, Independent 24719
Anthony John Marsden (Tony ) Hogg, Conservative 55257
Ivan James Jordan, Independent 12382
Thomas Macpherson, Independent 4306
William Morris, Independent 10586
John Noel Smith, Independent 10171
Robert Lee Smith, UK Independence Party 16433
Nichola Jane Williams, Labour 24196
The new police and crime commissioner will be responsible for the running of Devon and Cornwall Police. They will have the power to hire and fire chief constable and set police strategy and budgets.
The Government has said PCCs will give local people more control over policing, but critics have warned that the changes would politicise police – and claim that low turnouts reported across England and Wales prove that the public doesn't want them.
In Cornwall, 15.21 per cent of the electorate voted yesterday, while in the Isles of Scilly the turnout was 14.96 per cent. Overall, the turnout in Devon and Cornwall was 15.14 per cent.
Counting in the first round began at 11am this morning and lasted more than eight hours. More than 6,000 ballot papers were rejected at the first count because they were marked incorrectly in some way or there was uncertainty as to the first preference vote.
The second round of counting will begin in about half an hour, with the final result expected to be announced around 10pm.
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