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Lib Dem PCC candidate pledges transparency and honesty if elected

Leamington Editorial 11th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A CANDIDATE to become Warwickshire’s next police and crime commissioner has vowed to deliver an ‘open, transparent and ethical’ approach if elected.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life calls on the next police boss to publish and abide by an ethical code of conduct. It also urges them to enforce a transparent process during the appointment of the chief constable and key staff.

And Lib Dem candidate Nicola Davies maintains she will do everything in her power to ensure there is no secrecy across the force if she wins the election on May 5.

She also intends to make accessing data and information on the commissioner’s website easier and more relevant.

The Leamington resident said: “Transparency, confidence and consent are critical factors in effective and efficient policing. I am willing to openly publish data about my pay and benefits.

“I will publish all non-confidential letters between my office and the Home Office, Treasury and local government so people can see, openly and publicly, how we hold each other to account.

“I will also seek to ensure confidentiality is not used to hide and obscure communications and public information.

“I equally believe Warwickshire residents need to know appointments I make are the result of choosing the best people for the role. Merit and effectiveness must remain the key requirements.”

Ms Davies will contest the election against Labour candidate, Julie Jackson, Conservative representative, Philip Seccombe, Independents, Ben Twomey and David Whitehouse and UKIP’s Rob Harris.

The winner will replace current police and crime commissioner Ron Ball, who has chosen to step down from the role.

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