Christopher Townsend officially names as Liberal Democrat police and crime commissioner candidate

Lib Dems officially unveil candidate

Lib Dems officially unveil candidate

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

The new Liberal Democrat police and crime commissioner candidate outlined his election priorities after being officially unveiled this morning.

The Watford Observer reported that the party had selected Christopher Townsend, a councillor on Dacorum Borough Council who stood as a parliamentary candidate in South West Hertfordshire in the 2010 General Election, last week.

He was selected after the Lib Dems' original candidate, Ron Tindall, withdrew from the race over the summer.

Mr Townsend will now face off against Conservative David Lloyd and Labour candidate Sherma Batson in the November 15 ballot for the £75,000 a year post.

In a statement released today Mr Towsend said: "I have three priorities for policing in Hertfordshire. Number one is keeping crime rates low; people living Hertfordshire want to feel safe, and their homes to be safe, and as police and crime commissioner that would be my overall goal.

"Secondly I will manage the budget. Police forces across the country are facing significant financial challenges. I see the Police and Crime Commissioner as having a vital role in keeping as many Police Officers serving local people as possible, and to do everything possible to protect front-line Police services while making the books balance.

"My third priority is to make sure the police are communicating and working with the local Communities that they serve. I want Hertfordshire police service to be the best in the country, and that means listening to local people, hearing their problems and concerns, and then taking appropriate steps to fix them."

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12:26pm Mon 8 Oct 12

pr76uk says...

I'll definitely vote for him. Providing that the other two candidates pledge to make the streets more dangerous and to go over budget.

Seriously, what's the point? And what has this got to do with national party politics?

A missed opportunity to select independent candidates purely on their local policies, not whether you love/hate/are indifferent to the Government.
I'll definitely vote for him. Providing that the other two candidates pledge to make the streets more dangerous and to go over budget. Seriously, what's the point? And what has this got to do with national party politics? A missed opportunity to select independent candidates purely on their local policies, not whether you love/hate/are indifferent to the Government. pr76uk
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12:27pm Mon 8 Oct 12

gasguzzler says...

With Albert Road in Watford Town centre now being officially named the 'most violent street' in the whole of the U.K,I don't think Townsend should be prioritising on keeping crime rates in Hertfordshire low.
Instead he should admit there is a serious problem and making it his 'overall goal' to deal with the issue.
With Albert Road in Watford Town centre now being officially named the 'most violent street' in the whole of the U.K,I don't think Townsend should be prioritising on keeping crime rates in Hertfordshire low. Instead he should admit there is a serious problem and making it his 'overall goal' to deal with the issue. gasguzzler
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12:50pm Mon 8 Oct 12

LSC says...

Exactly pr76uk. Which of the other candidates will have different priorities?
This just seems a chance for failed politicians to at least get SOME sort of title.
A bit like the EU or the Lords really.

How can I vote for this guy or any other?
The job is 100%, totally, black and white.

To uphold the law without fear or favour and to stay within the budget.
That's it. There is no grey area!

However, there are dangers, serious ones. Suppose there is a Labour fuelled march in Watford to protest about the coalition government policy on, let's say, cheese.

The new cheese policy is a Lib-Dem proposal, and Mr Clegg pushed it through himself.

Would a Lib-Dem Commisioner ban the march on Health and Safety grounds? Might he claim lack of manpower means it can't go ahead?
If it went ahead, can we be sure it would be policed sympathetically, or would we start seeing 'kettleing' , last minute route changes, police in riot gear for the sake of the cameras?

KEEP POLITICS OUT OF THE POLICE.

The USSR tried it, and it didn't quite work, did it? The USA elects police officials but usually they are independant and many would argue tat doesn't work either.

Just appoint the right person for the job! A long serving officer with a proven track record for efficiency!
Exactly pr76uk. Which of the other candidates will have different priorities? This just seems a chance for failed politicians to at least get SOME sort of title. A bit like the EU or the Lords really. How can I vote for this guy or any other? The job is 100%, totally, black and white. To uphold the law without fear or favour and to stay within the budget. That's it. There is no grey area! However, there are dangers, serious ones. Suppose there is a Labour fuelled march in Watford to protest about the coalition government policy on, let's say, cheese. The new cheese policy is a Lib-Dem proposal, and Mr Clegg pushed it through himself. Would a Lib-Dem Commisioner ban the march on Health and Safety grounds? Might he claim lack of manpower means it can't go ahead? If it went ahead, can we be sure it would be policed sympathetically, or would we start seeing 'kettleing' , last minute route changes, police in riot gear for the sake of the cameras? KEEP POLITICS OUT OF THE POLICE. The USSR tried it, and it didn't quite work, did it? The USA elects police officials but usually they are independant and many would argue tat doesn't work either. Just appoint the right person for the job! A long serving officer with a proven track record for efficiency! LSC
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1:46pm Mon 8 Oct 12

G_Whiz says...

Is a crime commissioner supposed to promote crime or prevent it?
Over the past decade Watford Council has tried it's hardest to attract as many drunks, thugs and rowdies from miles around by squeezing club after pub after bar into the town.

Of course this has, and always was going to reflect badly on the Town.

Not only do we have Albert Road as mentioned by gasguzzler, but is also recognised as one of England's Binge drinking capitals.

Councillors and the Mayor will never admit this obvious fact - Only if they do can we make a start on reducing crime and unsocial behaviour in our once quiet-ish Market town!
Is a crime commissioner supposed to promote crime or prevent it? Over the past decade Watford Council has tried it's hardest to attract as many drunks, thugs and rowdies from miles around by squeezing club after pub after bar into the town. Of course this has, and always was going to reflect badly on the Town. Not only do we have Albert Road as mentioned by gasguzzler, but is also recognised as one of England's Binge drinking capitals. Councillors and the Mayor will never admit this obvious fact - Only if they do can we make a start on reducing crime and unsocial behaviour in our once quiet-ish Market town! G_Whiz
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