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Police federation: We're not supporting any commissioner candidates
11:00am Monday 22nd October 2012 in News
Dorset Police Federation has quashed rumours it has an allegiance with one of the candidates standing in next month’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections.
Chairman Clive Chamberlain has taken to the blog on the Federation’s website to remind people of the national and local stance on the elections.
Four candidates will go head-to head on Thursday November 15 to become Dorset’s first PCC and take over the current responsibilities of Dorset Police Authority. They are Conservative Nick King, Dorchester Mayor and Lib Dem representative Andy Canning, Labour candidate Rachel Rogers and independent candidate Martyn Underhill.
Mr Chamberlain said he decided to publically speak out after discovering rumours were circulating that the Dorset federation was financially supporting one of the candidates.
He wrote: “Neither the Police Federation of England and Wales, nor the Dorset Police Federation Joint Branch Board, supports or endorses any candidate standing for election as a PCC and we do not provide funding to any candidate.”
Speaking to the Echo this week, Mr Chamberlain added: “We don’t support any one of the candidates and certainly don’t financially support anyone. We are totally non-political as an organisation.
“It is down to individuals to decide whether they want to vote and who for.”
The job of the PCC will be to ensure the policing needs of their communities are met by holding the chief constable to account, setting and updating a police and crime plan, setting the force budget and precept and appointing and, where necessary, dismissing the chief constable.