Meet your Police and Crime Commissioner Candidates
15 April 2016
On the 5 May, Kent residents will be able to visit their nearest polling station to vote for the next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Police and crime commissioners were launched in the United Kingdom in 2012 with elected commissioners serving for three and a half years. The role aims to bring more accountability to policing and ensure that policing is efficient and effective, subsequently cutting crime.
This year, Kent Police and local councils are urging people to vote in the hope of increasing the election turn-out.
Academics from Policing and Criminal Justice and Politics and International Relations at Canterbury Christ Church University are together hosting a public event to give the community the opportunity to meet this year’s candidates. Meet the PCC Candidates will take place on Thursday 28 April, exactly one week before voting opens.
Dr Steve Tong, Director of Policing and Criminal Justice, said: ”It is vital that the community have the opportunity to ask questions and hear what Police and Crime Commissioner candidates propose if they are elected.”
“We decided to host Meet the PCC Candidates to give local voters the chance to meet the people that could soon be responsible for setting police and crime plans and police accountability.”
The PCC candidates attending the event are; Matthew Scott (Conservative), Tristan Osbourne (Labour Party), Henry Bolton (UKIP), Gurvinder Sandher (Independent) and Steve Uncles (English Democrats), David Naghi (Liberal Democrat) is yet to confirm.
Meet the PCC Candidates will take place on Thursday 28 April at 6.30pm, in the Powell Lecture Theatre on the University’s North Holmes Campus.
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 95% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2013/14 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey