Police Commissioner Candidate Visits Scilly

PCC candidate, Brian Greenslade

Another candidate for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall visited the islands yesterday.

PCCs will be able to set the priorities for the local police force, control the budget and the amount of police payment on your Council tax bill, and they can hold to account the chief constable for their performance.

Brian Greenslade is standing as an independent as he doesn’t think policing should be party political. He’s actually opposed to the elected role as he views it as an Americanisation and he says the £80m spent on the elections would be better used elsewhere.

Brian served as the Chairman of the Police Authority and currently heads their resources committee.

If he is elected on November 15th, the Devon County Councillor says he’ll appoint a deputy to look after Scilly and Cornwall and they’d have a Devon counterpart.

Brian says islanders are worried about a potential reduction in policing strength here. He says he’s keen to slow down the reduction in police numbers generally across the force, but wouldn’t make any specific commitments to retaining the three officers and one PCSO in Scilly.

Last year, island Councillors voted for a 20mph speed limit through Old Town but Devon and Cornwall Police said they wouldn’t be able to enforce that without the installation of traffic calming measures.

Brian says if he got in, he’d back a lower speed zone as each request would be judged on merit rather than applying a standard policy.

Elections for the PCC role will be taking place on 15th November.


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