Former TV presenter in law role

Alan Hardwick - candidate for Lincolnshire Police Commissioner
Alan Hardwick - candidate for Lincolnshire Police Commissioner

Independent candidate Alan Hardwick has been elected as Lincolnshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.

The former TV presenter, who vowed to get tough on rural crime, won the election with 39,221 votes after the second count.

He defeated independent David Bowles who got 35,086 votes.

Mr Hardwick has called on local communities to play a bigger role in policing.

And Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Neil Rhodes said Alan made it clear his objective is to provide the best possible policing service to the county.

Chief Con Rhodes said: “He is committed to maintaining a strong front line of uniformed police officers on our streets and we share these objectives wholeheartedly.

“Lincolnshire Police is a force that is currently performing strongly with crime well down and one of the best anti-social behaviour reductions in the country.

“Our real challenge is finance.”

Chief Con Rhodes said he was firmly committed to working alongside the commissioner to continue to drive costs down, but most of all to secure a fair and sensible funding package from government for the people of the county.

“So there is much work to do.

“Policing in Lincolnshire is delivered already at the lowest cost per head of population in the country and we face further cuts.

“My priority is to work with the commissioner to secure the best financial package to stabilise officer numbers on the streets of the county,” he said.

“When the commissioner steps through the front door on his first day he can look forward to a real welcome and full cooperation from the chief officers of the force,” said Chief Con Rhodes.

“Backed by the electoral mandate, I know we will be held firmly to account for performance and service delivery and that he will be both challenging and intrusive. “

Mr Hardwick said: “No-one knows their own community better than the people who live there.

“I want to get out as much as I can and see what really matters to people.

“Their experiences and concerns will influence policing priorities.

“Taxpayers’ money - your money - which is spent on anything that does not benefit the public is wasted.”

Mr Hardwick received a 
total of 39,221 votes after a 
second count, defeating 
fellow independent David 
Bowles who polled 35,086