Police commissioner candidate chosen
THE Liberal Democrats have finally thrown their hat into the ring in the contest for an American-style Commissioner to run Devon and Cornwall Police.
The party has chosen Brian Blake, a former police officer in the force, as its candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner election to be held on November 15 this year.
"Brian brings with him the experience of over three decades serving within Devon and Cornwall police force and 13 years with the Ministry of Defence," the Lib Dems said in a statement.
"He strongly believes in the Liberal Democrats' values on crime, justice and civil liberties and will be putting them to the forefront of his campaign with a promise of putting the public's safety first.
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Mr Blake said: "I am delighted to have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for this important election.
"The new Police and Crime Commissioner will set the tone for policing in Devon and Cornwall.
"I am looking forward to showing how long held Liberal Democrat policies on community policing and restorative justice can be used to benefit all in our communities."
Labour and Conservative candidates in the election were announced in the summer.
Plymouth city councillor Nicky Williams is the Labour candidate.
The Conservative candidate is Tony Hogg, a former Commanding Officer of Royal Naval Air Station, Culdrose.
There are three independents: Brian Greenslade, the former Liberal Democrat leader of Devon County Council; former farmer William Morris, and John Smith, a former member of the police authority and an ex-Liberal Democrat county councillor.
The final list of candidates will be announced on October 19.