John N. Smith – Police Commissioner,
Devon and Cornwall
My name is John Noel Smith, I live in Devon and I am standing for election as a truly independent Police and Crime Commissioner in November 2012.
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His independent tour to meet voters:
Mon 5th Old Wesleyan Hall, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. 10.30 – 12.30
Tues 6th Falmouth United Reformed Church, TR11 3PL 7.00 - 9.00
Wed. 7th Bude United Reformed Church, EX23 8EL 10.30 – 12.30
Looe United Reformed Church, PL13 2BU 2.30 – 4.30
Trinity United Ref. Church, Plymouth. PL3 5NY 7.00 – 9.00
Thurs 8th Central United Ref. Church, Torquay. TQ2 5RS 2.30 – 4.30
Tavistock United Reformed Church, PL19 8BD 7.45 – 9.30
Fri 9th Bideford United Reformed Church, EX39 2PZ 10.30 – 12.30
Tiverton St Peter, United Ref. Church, EX16 4NU 2.30 – 4.30
Sidmouth Primley United Ref. Church. EX10 9LB 7.00 – 9.00
Sun 11th Teignmouth United Reformed Church TQ14 8TB 11.30 – 12.30
Mon 12th Exeter Mint Methodist Church, Fore St. EX4 3AT 12.00 – 2.00
Dawlish The Strand United Ref. Church, EX7 9PT 7.00 – 9.00
Why have I decided to stand?
I have thought very hard about whether or not I should stand for election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cornwall, Devon, The Isles of Scilly, Plymouth and Torbay. Why me?
I have considerable experience to bring to this appointment.
From 2001 to 2009 I was a Councillor Member of Devon and Cornwall Police Authority. For four of these eight years I served as either Vice Chair or Chairman of the Authority. At different times I served on most of the sub-committees of the Authority – property, resources, value for money, air operations etc and I was on the appointment panel for two Chief Constables and many other ‘command team’ officers.
At national level I served on The Association of Police Authorities and was Chairman of the ‘Children’s Issues’ committee that produced much acclaimed guidance on police integration within the group of services that provide care and safety to children and young people who are at risk. I was asked to serve as a Board Member of the Child Exploitation and On-line Protection Service (CEOPS) that has - very successfully - worked to reduce the worldwide grooming and exploitation of children and young people.
At the same time, within the South West region, I was a member of the group of senior officers and senior members of police authorities who worked to achieve ‘best value’ through cooperation, joint buying and standardisation. We were fortunately, at that time, very successful in reducing the cost of policing without reducing the quality of the service provided.
All through the 1970’s I was Principal of a Reception and Assessment Centre for children and young people. By definition, all of these young people were living chaotic lives, were either the victims of abuse or were, themselves, very disturbed or very delinquent. The centre also served as a Remand Home and at that time I had a great deal of contact with courts and the police. This, in turn, led to my being asked to help train police officers and, during the 1980’s I contributed to many police training events.
I understand policing – I have been part of it for years. I understand the needs of our communities and I think that I could be a very positive Police and Crime Commissioner for our area.
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