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The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall talks about the task ahead

It's a month since Tony Hogg was elected the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall. He has a daunting task ahead of him with cuts to policing and rising crime.

Our reporter Bob Cruwys has been talking to him about his mission to engage with the public, many of whom, judging by the turnout at the election, don't really know what he's there to do.


Meeting the Chief

On his first day in office as Gloucestershire's Police & Crime Commissioner Martin Surl, a former police officer himself, met the force's Acting Chief Constable Mick Matthews.

He is leaving shortly to take up a job with the MOD police in Cyprus, so one of Mr Surl's first jobs will be to appoint a new Chief Constable. In the meantime, Mick Matthews says the new PCC faces a challenging time.

New PCC hears from shoppers who want more police on the beat

Martin Surl has spent his first day as Gloucestershire's Police and Crime Commissioner. The former police officer stood as an independent candidate, and says that he wanted to spend his first day out meeting people, rather than in an office.

In Cheltenham he met police officers and shoppers who told him they wanted to see more police on the beat.

Devon and Cornwall PCC expects swift Chief Constable appointment

Newly elected Police Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall has announced that a permanent appointment of a Chief Constable will be made as soon as possible.

The Chief Constable will be pivotal in ensuring that the strategic vision to tackle crime in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is carried out day-to-day. I believe that my role as Commissioner and that of the Chief Constable has to be to provide strong leadership and work as a team. That relationship is key to serving people in this area and we will only achieve our aims by working closely together.I have met with Temporary Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and we have agreed that it is in everyone’s interests that a permanent appointment is made at the earliest possible opportunity.

– Tony Hogg, PCC Devon and Cornwall


Tony Hogg elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall

A former Navy commander will oversee Devon and Cornwall's police force for the next four years.

Tony Hogg who used to run RNAS Culdrose was elected as the first police and crime commissioner for the force. The result was declared just after midnight following a marathon count of more than thirteen hours.

Mr. Hogg who stood for the Conservatives polled more than 69,000 votes compared to his nearest rival Devon county councillor Brian Greenslade who got more than 37,000.He stood as an Independent.Eight other candidates were eliminated in an earlier round.

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