Welford man first candidate for police commissioner

By Steve Hayes 30/05 Updated: 30/05 13:09

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A FORMER councillor from Welford has become the first candidate to be announced for the new role of Police Commissioner in Warwickshire.

Fraser Pithie, a former chair of Welford Parish Council and county councillor, was announced as the Conservative candidate for the role this week.

Mr Pithie is a past Police Authority chairman and more recently Special Constable with some eight years of service.

He also completed 32 years service with Water Company Severn Trent from where he retired last year having reached the position of senior operations manager.

Mr Pithie. who now lives in Kenilworth, said: "I am very pleased to have been selected by the Conservatives as candidate for Warwickshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

"I will now concentrate over the few months until the election in November on getting around the county and listening to the people and communities.

"There is much good work being done in Warwickshire by the police but like any organisation there is always room for improvement.

"I want to work with the service and for the people of Warwickshire to develop even more innovation and business based approaches so we can help hard working families from all backgrounds in keeping policing council tax costs to a minimum."

"My years as a Special Constable provided me with invaluable experience working alongside front line officers in all situations.

"I want to use my career experience, listen to the people of Warwickshire and work with the police to continuously improve the service they provide with the resources they have."

The Police and Crime Commissioner is a new role with the aim of cutting crime and delivering an effective and efficient police service by representing the people and holding the police to account in each area.

The first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections will take place on November 15 to elect a PCC for each police force area in England and Wales outside London.

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