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Sussex Police and crime commisioner.

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On 5 May 2016 at 2:20pm Viv wrote:
I can find little information online apart from Videos from two independents and a UKIP candidate. Seriously, it must cost good money to do this yet apart from a polling card telling me where to go I have nothing in the way of information or even what this role entails and what good it will do me going down to the polling station and casting a vote. Somebody enlighten me please?
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On 5 May 2016 at 2:33pm Polling card? wrote:
I voted a few weeks ago for Bridge Ward councillors but have had no polling card for this.Any else in the same boat?
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On 5 May 2016 at 2:40pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
Yep. No polling card. It's a total waste of money - I'd rather see the funding spent on more police.
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On 5 May 2016 at 4:09pm Phfellow2004 wrote:
It would be extremely unusual for those registered on the Electoral Roll not to receive a Polling Card. Best to turn up at your usual Polling Station and ask to vote and perhaps take some ID with you.
There has been quite a lot of publicity in the media about each of the Candidates and some will have managed to deliver a leaflet explaining their credentials and suitability to undertake this important role. This is a role to represent the community and hold the Chief Constable and the Sussex Police service to account.
Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced 4 years ago and there have been some successes and some disappointments. I believe that Sussex was extremely fortunate in electing Katy Bourne and she enjoys the reputation of being one of the successes in England. For me, I think she thoroughly deserves to be re-elected allowing her to continue her most competent service to the community and keeping us safe.
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On 5 May 2016 at 5:26pm Linda Drabble wrote:
Katy Bourne is paid 85,000 a year, enough to pay for 3 police officers. Her office costs over 800,000 a year to run. I am still waiting for the evidence that the Sussex Police service is better now than the previous system of the Chief Constable being accountable to a panel of elected councillors. Tory cuts to police funding are having serious consequences for the service ,while PCC's enjoy huge salaries.
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On 5 May 2016 at 6:04pm Dexter wrote:
If you haven't already, please spoil your ballot paper. Preferably with a message letting these jackasses know exactly what you think of this appaling waste of money and blatant politicisation of what should be, in any civilised country, an apolitcal position.
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On 5 May 2016 at 6:32pm A Person wrote:
In what way do PCCs represent the community? They're not allowed to hear from the blasted community, unless you want to complain about the Chief Constable.

I also have very profound misgivings about creating a role which is won by election and which is rooted in the political system. The police service needs to be independent of party political influence and this fatally undermines that.
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On 5 May 2016 at 6:55pm Edward wrote:
@Phfellow2004 You sound exactly like the Tory who had a letter published in the Sussex Express recently praising the current incumbent to the skies, no relation, non political? I have spoiled my ballot paper - a waste of time and money.
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On 5 May 2016 at 7:32pm Nevillman wrote:
To be fair, I didn't have to search for long to find out what each candidate said. Green looked like the only one who stood out to me. Please don't bother tell me how wrong I am on here. Just go and vote for someone else.
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On 5 May 2016 at 7:36pm Razor wrote:
Kate can feel my collar anytime,cushty,not like those other muppets.
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On 5 May 2016 at 7:56pm sensible wrote:
I too spoiled my ballot paper. I consider this a positive action; it certainly doesn't reflect apathy. I am appalled at this politicisation. Thank you Linda
Drabble for the telling facts and figures.
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On 5 May 2016 at 8:05pm trooper wrote:
A criminal waste of time ,money and space for what is nothing more than a spy for the Home Secretary. This is a complete insult to police officers who have had a long career in the police in serving the public and fighting crime and what do they get a civilian political appointment with sweeping powers who is answerable to his/her political masters only.
@Phphellow 2004. Oh dear Oh dear, you really need help.
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On 5 May 2016 at 8:09pm Old Malling wrote:
I'm completely opposed to the idea of a political police and crime commissioner so didn't vote. I'm never sure whether not voting helps more or less than a spoilt ballot paper? Surely if nobody turns up to vote they'll eventually have to abandon the whole thing?
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On 6 May 2016 at 5:48am Local wrote:
Agreed, but that also goes for govt. elections? The Tories won the last election by being chosen by less than 1 in 4 of us.
Less than a quarter of us think they are capable of doing the job, yet they have the mandate. (And royally screwing it up I might add, thoroughly vindicating the overwhelming majority of us.)


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