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Police Commissioners Vote Today

Today (Thursday 15th) the new police and crime commissioners are being elected and there’s a big danger pro-privatisation candidates could get in with just a few votes.

That’s why we need to sound the alarm and get our friends and family to the polling stations armed with the facts. Over the last few days, 38 Degrees members have emailed all the candidates to find out who supports privatisation. You can see what your candidates say about privatisation below.

Voting is easy - you just go along to your polling station, probably the same place as you would vote in a general election. Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm so it's easy to go before or after work and you don't even need to bring your polling card with you.

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Click on your area to see what your local candidates have said:

Avon and Somerset
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Greater Manchester
North Wales
North Yorkshire
South Wales
South Yorkshire
Thames Valley
West Mercia
West Midlands
West Yorkshire

Avon and Somerset - Gwent | Hampshire - Nottinghamshire | South Wales - Wiltshire

South Wales

Alun Michael (Labour)

In answer to your first and second questions, I am not in favour of privatising the police or police services. In general privatisation is a diversion from the challenge of creating a well-managed and effective public service. Of course there are some things that are better done by outside suppliers, such as provision of information technology, where it's sensible to go for the tried & tested "industry standard" rather than re-inventing the wheel, but that doesn't apply to the day-to-day work of warranted police officers nor to many of the support services including the work of Community Support Officers and a variety of specialist roles. The starting point for whoever is elected as the Police and Crime Commissioner will be the situation they inherit from the Police Authority which remains in existence and is responsible for all decisions until November 22nd : I don't know what contracts are in existence but I understand that there are services that have been outsourced. If I am elected I will ask for a full briefing on day one in order to scrutinise the existing situation including the length of any existing contracts and part of a process of starting a discussion with the Chief Constable to consider whether or not the existing arrangements are appropriate for the long term. And I certainly don't have a policy of promoting privatisation or a policy of increasing the use of private companies, whether G4S or anyone else.

My answer to your third question is "No". I have no role with any private company. I have been a Member of Parliament with no outside commercial interests for the past 25 years, and the only companies with which I have been involved have been unpaid roles with charities and voluntary organisations which happen to have a company structure but are not commercial organisations.

Caroline Jones (Conservatives)

No response forwarded to the office

Mike Baker (Independent)

Thank you for the message..in answer to your questions, I see closer links with the public to enable them to dictate what happens in the PCC office, I do not agree with privatisation, some functions can adequately be done by outside agencies, but certainly not front line work, I have no connection with any private companies, G4S have shown themselves to be lacking and will not be given any preferential treatment by me

Tony Verderame (Independent)

I have not plans to privatise any of the police services under my scheme

Under my management I would not allow Companies to run our police, but we will extend the service the public need under my management structure.

The police is like any other organisation, they need to be guided and disciplined, praise and promote if they deliver.

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South Yorkshire

David Allen (English Democrats)

David Allen and the English Democrats are very much opposed to the privatisation of our police forces. David Allen would not want companies like G4S to get involved in the running of South Yorkshire Police and he does not have any connection to companies that might be interested in police contracts.

Jonathan Arnott (UKIP)

Please can you let me have your intentions/policy decision should you be successful on privatisation of the police force and the use of private companies such as G4S as an example?
Can you promise not to privatise South Yorkshire police services?
Will you allow companies like G4S to get involved in the running of South Yorkshire police?

My answers to your questions are yes, no and no respectively.

Nigel Bonson (Conservatives)

I do not have any contacts that may be interested in police contracts.

I can absolutely confirm that I do not support the privatising of the police. Policing is a public service and must remain so. Police officers must be accountable to the public and must police by consent. I have been a police officer for 30 years and will defend that to the hilt.

The last government introduced legislation that allowed the roles of transport and custody of prisoners to be transferred to private contractors and, in general terms, this seems to be working and it clearly releases police officers. However; I am acutely aware of the way in which these things can creep!

I have been impressed to find that South Yorkshire Police have already set up some excellent collaboration arrangements with adjoining forces, involving some sharing of specialist resources and some joint procurement arrangements that provide savings. This I support and am keen, if elected, to explore further opportunities.

Indeed, as I said at a Business Forum only this morning, when it comes to increasing purchasing power, if there are saving to be made then we must not be restricted to bargaining with adjacent forces.

In relation to work behind the scenes - things like administration, IT and maintenance - if savings can be made by collaborating with other police forces, other emergency services, local authorities, or in appropriate cases private companies, they must be considered. Budgets are exceedingly tight and must not be wasted. The more that can be used to provide the policing that the people want, the better.

In summary my assurance is this. Any outsourcing will be for one purpose only - to increase efficiency and to maintain the type of policing we enjoy in Britain.

Robert Teal (LibDems)

As I've been speaking to local people across South Yorkshire over the last few weeks, it's been clear that there is no local appetite to privatise core policing services. This is a view that I agree with it.

The example of G4S's failure in delivering on a contract has given pause to thought of the relentless drive for private sector delivery.

I have no vested interest to any union or company and will therefore be an independent voice for South Yorkshire, putting local people first.

Shaun Wright (Labour)

There will be no large scale outscouring like we've seen in Lincolnshire! I want to keep the police service a largely public service. I have absolutely no connection with any such companies that could influence me in any way.

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Joy Garner (Labour)

I have ruled out handing over services to private companies. The police is a special institution run for the community. I definitely don't have any links to companies such as G4S!

Matthew Ellis (Conservatives)

My views aren't broadbrush privatisation or public sector. I've made clear that I'm very sensitive when it comes to any perception in relation to anything other than complete independence in frontline policing.

If a something is used on an on demand basis and therefore is poor value for money being directly delivered there is a case to look at other options but you may be aware when I brought together 400million pounds of Health and Social Care services earlier this year across Staffordshire I considered a Public model to be appropriate rather than private of third sector because it was right in those circumstances.

I have little faith in G4S after letting the country down as they did. I can't see a circumstance where my view would change.

I have absolutely no connection with any company like that but those who know me anyway would confirm I'm obsessed with probity, and indeed, simply perception of probity.

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Bill Mountford (UKIP)

1. I believe Suffolk Police should remain wholly in the public sector.
2. I see no role for private security companies (eg G4S), in running Suffolk Police.
3. I have no connection with, or financial interests in any company whatsoever.

David Cocks (Independent)

My position on outsourcing is that I would not want to see Suffolk Police put out to tender. There is, however, some existing partnership working with outside organisations which, if they provide a satisfactory outcome, should continue. If I was asked by the Chief Constable and the senior management team to consider outsourcing some aspect of the service I would need to be completely satisfied that:

- It would not be divisive within the workforce.
- Cost must not be the key reason.
- It must add value to the service.

I am mindful that some charity and third sector organisations do have a role working with the police and I would not want to rule that out - although the robustness and governance of such organisations would need to be closely examined and monitored.

I would not, under any circumstances, allow front line policing to be contracted out to the Private Sector.

I am Chairman of Suffolk Mind but, apart from that, I have no interest in any other organisation/company that would be interested in any police contracts.

Jane Basham (Labour)

Firstly let me say that I recognise that in some areas - like the purchasing of equipment such as Computers; Cars and Information Technology - there is a need to work with the private sector.

I am though completely opposed to any further privatisation of the police service. I am endorsed by UNISON, GMB and UNITE. I believe that noone - including shareholders should profit from crime and that our Public Services should stay Public. I am concerned not just about the loss of public services but also the loss of accountability to local people when public services are outsourced to private firms.

I understand G4S are currently delivering Medical services in the Police Investigation Centres in Suffolk (we used to call them police cells!) In addition to this there are some other services being delivered by other private firms such as Catering and Maintenance. I will be scrutinising all these contracts closely if elected to understand them better including the length of the contractual terms. I also will request that these private firms will be Living Wage and Equal Opportunity employers.

I have no connection with any companies that might be interested in police contracts.

I understand some savings need to be made and the public sector, including the police can be more efficient. I believe this can be achieved without the need to sell it off to the private secto

Tim Passmore (Conservatives)

At Mid Suffolk District Council. where I am currently Leader, we have not privatised anything but we have changed working practises to improve services while making savings and I believe there is scope to do this within policing and the wider public sector in Suffolk.

Please be clear though, I am not fundamentally opposed to privatisation, but would only consider it where it offered quantifiable advantages that could not be matched by using existing resources. I also fully understand the link and integration between support services and front line policing and in many areas it may be impossible to privatise services. Lastly staff morale is very important to me and I am sure by working together we can make Suffolk Police one of the best forces in the country.

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Julie Iles (Conservatives)

Thank you for contacting me about the future of Surrey Police. I can absolutely confirm that there is no question of privatising the police. As the Home Secretary has made crystal clear, the crime fighters will remain police officers, patrolling will not be privatised and policing will remain a public service, accountable to the people and carried out by consent. The law prevents the jobs police officers do from being delivered by private contractors beyond the limited powers of transport and custody conferred by the last Labour government.

When it comes to the work that goes on behind the scenes - things like administration, IT and maintenance - if savings can be made by collaborating with other police forces, other emergency services, local authorities or private companies I will look at them. It is vital that as much of our policing budget as possible is directed to frontline policing, and not wasted on expensive and inefficient administration.

G4S let the nation down badly over the Olympics but the law does not allow anyone in public office to say that a particular company will never be accepted for any contracts. If a company bids in conformity with the rules then they have to be considered along with any other company but in my firm view factors like previous performance would be a legitimate consideration in reaching any decision on letting a contract.

Do you have any connection to companies which may be interested in police contracts? No I do not.

Kevin Hurley (Independent)

I will not privatise policing service delivery.

I am not linked to any company in this field.

Nick O'Shea (LibDems)

I will not contract out any front line services. I will have to use suppliers from the private sector for the provision of special services and equipment such as IT equipment, motor vehicles, and would also look to collaborate with other public sector organisations and police forces for the provision of things like HR, training, accounting services and possibly property management and maintenance.

Surrey Police will be run by the Chief Constable, not G4S or any other private company, delivering the policing plan I set for them. I have had experience in managing contracted services - both as a councillor chairing the DSO board and as a director of a company delivering contracted services to public bodies (not at the same time or covering the same services of course), and the one thing I know is that you seldom achieve the savings anticipated, need to put hugely expensive monitoring processes into place, and generally the level of service the public gets is worse than when delivered directly by the public body.

You may not be aware that is was Liberal Democrat members on the old Police Authority who first opposed the wasteful BPP arrangements involving G4S, and eventually managed to get them cancelled, but only after the project had cost Surrey residents 160,000 pounds.

I do not have any connections with private sector companies involved in this area.

Peter Williams (Independent)

I have always been very clear that, on my watch, duties that require the powers of a warranted police officer will not be performed by anyone other than a warranted police officer. On this basis, there is, as far as I am concerned, absolutely no question of G4S or any other security company, whatever their reputations, patrolling the streets and roads of Surrey in the place of warranted police officers. I have said this publicly many times while I was Chairman of the Police Authority. I believe the Chief Constable to be of a similar view, although of course I cannot speak for her.

There are a number of activities that arise within the provision of a comprehensive police service, probably mainly those away from public facing policing (the so-called 'back-office', although this term may mean different things to different people), that require special skills not available within the police organisation, or that can be better performed by (usually private sector) companies specialising in that kind of work, or having access to the skills required. Work in the IT field is an obvious example, the provision of catering services another. Surrey Police already have a number of contracts with a number of organisations for such purposes.

To me, the recent procurement process (which had to be undertaken in compliance with some very cumbersome EU Regulations) that Surrey embarked upon with West Midlands Police, with Home Office support, was only to explore whether there might be any material benefits for Surrey Police in widening the scope of their contracts with specialist organisations, or entering into new arrangements with different providers of services. This was with a view to establishing whether yet to be determined activities could be performed more efficiently and/or effectively, and hopefully also at lower cost, by working in then still to be determined arrangements with a selected provider that had participated in the procurement process. One over-riding aspect of this was absolutely clear to me - that Surrey Police would retain full overall management control of any such arrangement and of the police service in Surrey as a whole. This exercise has been abandoned now, but it was never going to be 'privatisation' as I understand the meaning of the word, and I do not see 'privatisation' in the widest sense taking over policing anyway. But given the very serious financial constraints policing generally is facing, and Surrey Police are no different, together with the desire to at least maintain present levels of service, and better still improve them, then the simple fact is that Surrey Police have to find 'savings' in one form or another in order to make available funds to achieve those goals. In due course, this may well involve some new arrangements with new or existing providers. In my view, the latter will have to be firmly established with a proven and clean track record, wholly viable and reliable, and reputationally sound, while overall control of any such arrangements will have to remain with Surrey Police.

In summary, as far as I am concerned, a private organisation will not take over particular functions of Surrey Police force lock, stock and barrel. That said, I believe we cannot preclude exploring every possible way or opportunity to find savings and efficiencies, and perhaps in due course, and with suitable safeguards for our employees, entering into arrangements that help us to achieve our aim of maintaining a really sound police service in Surrey to the standards the public rightly expect, and of which we can all be justly proud.

Robert Evans (Labour)

Opposition to Surrey's plans to privatise some of its policing services was the principle reason that I submitted my name forward to be a candidate in these elections.

You may know that this has been one of if not the major plank of my campaign... It is my agenda item and one to which they other candidates have tried to respond in their own ways.

I have been 100% clear in this. I am the only candidate who if elected will not allow privatisation of any of Surrey's police services. Private companies are in it to make a profit for their shareholders. We saw with privatisation of cleaning in the NHS what an unmitigated disaster that was. I have no desire to see that for Surrey's police and won't let it happen.

Robert Shatwell (UKIP)

UKIP has NO intention to privatise any part of the police, we're utterly opposed. And we wouldn't put G4S in charge of a bicycle. We have NO connections with any companies looking for police business, nor will we have.

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David Rogers (LibDems)

I have no plans to consider privatising any aspect of Sussex police operations. What leads you to think I might? Nor do I have any connections of the type you describe.

Godfrey Daniel (Labour)

I will not privatise core police services - I am happy to give you that assurance.You will find this on my website, together with other issues: www.godfreydaniel.org.uk .

I have no attention of allowing G4S to get involved in running the police and I have no connection to any companies that might be interested in police contracts

Ian Chisnall (Independent)

It is my view that public services which depend on a 24hr 365 day unpredictable demand cycle are generally unsuited to privatisation. I certainly don't have any plans to privatise any elements of Sussex Police and whilst I am not sure promises are the best way of expressing this I do not sense any interest or desire for privatisation from the existing leadership of the force either. Any such changes would need to involved consultation and full evaluation. This covers the G4S etc question (I have no plans to speak to G4S or any other organisations let alone work with them).

I currently work on a part time basis for a Company called Ashdown Audio Visual that supplies Sussex Police with their data projectors and similar items. I would cease all connection with that company if I am elected. I have no ongoing personal gain for any work that Ashdown AV might carry out in the future.

Katy Bourne (Conservatives)

I can absolutely confirm that there is no question of privatising the police. The crime fighters will remain police officers, patrolling will not be privatised and policing will remain a public service, accountable to the people and carried out by consent.

The law prevents the jobs that police officers do from being delivered by private contractors beyond the limited powers of transport and custody conferred by the last Labour Government. For your information, custody facilities have been outsourced in Sussex for several years already.

When it comes to work that goes on behind the scenes (administration, IT and maintenance) if savings can be made by collaborating with other police forces, other emergency services, local authorities and/or private companies, I will look at them. It is vital that as much of our policing budget as possible is directed to frontline policing and not wasted on expensive and inefficient administration.

I have a background in business which includes starting, building and selling my own company to my main competitor, who was also UK sector leader so I know how to deliver an effective, efficient service making best use of our resources in Sussex. Similarly, my experience as a Councillor and local school Governor has given me a real understanding of the importance of community engagement and accountability which will also be vital to this role.

Tony Armstrong (UKIP)

I see nothing in the future of Sussex Police under my control which amounts to privatisation. I am a former Police Officer and the very idea is an anathema. That said, there may be some room for further civilianisation of non-police functions, such as in the custody suite. I would rather keep such employees under my direct control, and not farm them out to a contractor, who has shareholders pushing him to cut costs and service.

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Thames Valley

Anthony Stansfeld (Conservatives)

No, I am not a supporter of outsourcing, and I have absolutely no interest in any firm involved in outsourcing,

Barry Cooper (UKIP)

I am unreservedly, unequivocally and completely against the privatisation of any function that could be considered one that should be undertaken by police officers or ancillary specialist staff that should be answerable to the police chain of command (such as forensics). At no time should community safety be subject to shareholder interests or concerns about profit margins.

I will go further than this - the contract for private jailors at the Thames Valley custody suites is up for renewal shortly after the PCC takes office. If time permits me to juggle the logistics, I will not be renewing that contract. I consider jailing a primary police function. If circumstances dictate that I have to renew it, I will do so for as short a period as possible and set resources in place to take over at the very earliest opportunity.

Even with non-police functions, I will only outsource if it provides value for money, and extensive examples throughout the public sector shows that it seldom does. I do not anticipate much, if any, outsourcing even when it comes to this sort of service if it is already undertaken more efficiently and cheaply by people employed by Thames Valley Police.

I do not have, nor have I ever had, any sort of relationship with a company that provides private policing services or would be in a position to tender for any sort of contracts originating from the Thames Valley Police.

Geoff Howard (Independent)

1. The scope for privatising parts of the police services in the Thames Valley should be limited in the extreme and should only be introduced if absolutely necessary when all other avenues have been exhausted.

2. I will oppose greater private involvement, especially when incompetent companies like G4S wish to become involved.

3. I have never been personally involved, and neither have any members of my family or friends, with such potential private providers.

John Howson (LibDems)

I have no connection with any company that might bid of any services or contract with the police or any other agency linked to the PCC role. No front-line services not already under contract will be contracted-out although back office functions may be and collaboration with other forces will be considered where cost-effective. If there is a profit to be made, that profit should normally be used for public services and not for shareholders. The third sector already provides a number of services to victims, witnesses and other areas covered by the PCC role. They are generally 'not for loss' organisations.

Patience Tayo Awe (Independent)

I will not privatise Thames Valley police.

Will not allow G4S to get involved in the running of Thames Valley police.

No connections to companies that might be interested in police contracts.

Tim Starkey (Labour)

I can confirm that I oppose police privatisation; it is an issue that I feel strongly about as I believe that the police should always be working in the public interest. Policing decisions should be motivated by what is best for the public, not by what maximises private sector profits.

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Fraser Pithie (Conservatives)

The police are an essential public service and must remain so. Any duties that involve the need for a warranted police officer must stay intact on that basis and I would not seek to change that in anyway. I do not intend to use G4S or any other company to start running parts of Warwickshire Police. That said, I also have to ensure that the people who pay for the service are getting the most efficient service possible as I believe we cannot keep going back to people year on year raising their council tax, its money that many of them have not got.

I would not seek to replace existing civilian police staff to another company or outsource them. I am not sure if that was in your mind but in case it is I wish to make it clear I would not support imposing private companies into the police to take over current police civilian staff work. I see no motive or need to change the basis of such staff and their direct employment. So I do not intend to 'privatise' Warwickshire Police

The use of private companies to provide certain services is not ruled out or in by me, they already provide some services and co-exist with the public service organisation and I see no problem in that continuing. I am referring to provision of things like police IT, radio's, building maintenance and things like temporary staff through employment agencies are all facilities that most organisations use to greater or lesser degrees according to activity levels and workload. I stress again the use of these would be outside core policing roles that require a warranted police officer.

I have no links or connections whatsoever with any companies, nor would I seek them.

James Plaskitt (Labour)

I wont be privatising Warwickshire police, or having G4S involved. I have no interest in any company that might be seeking police service contracts.

Ronald Ball (Independent)

I have no interests in any private company.

I do not have a privatisation agenda.

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West Mercia

Adrian Blackshaw (Conservatives)

" Thank you for your email regarding privatisation of the police.

I am very happy to repeat the unequivocally undertaking I have previously given to the Police Federation and repeated at a number of public meetings that I have no intention of outsourcing any aspects of front-line policing services should I be elected as Police & Crime Commissioner for West Mercia on 15th November.

I have no business interests in G4S or any similar business. "

Bill Longmore (Independent)

At the moment I have no specific plans for privatisation of police functions, and if elected I will enter the post with an open mind.

I would have to hear a very convincing argument before I would consider privatising current police services. It is apparent that previous decisions have been made in relation to privatisation across a range of public services where standards have been allowed to drop as a result of these types of decisions being made.

The Commissioner will be responsible for standards and I would be very reluctant to reduce service levels and standards unless a convincing business case was made and it was in the public interest to do so.

These decisions need to be made for the benefit of the people, and not for the benefit of political agendas.

I have no connection with any company that may be interested in a police contract.

Dr Simon Murphy (Labour)

I cannot promise not to privatise any West Merica police services. However my default position will be to consider privatisation of a service as the last resort. I can guarantee that under no circumstances will I privatise core policing functions - these include neighbourhood policing, investigation and response to incidents, supporting victims, forensics and 999 call answering and response. The advantages of privatisation are often over-sold. In addition there are numerous examples of contracts that fail to deliver the savings and service improvements that were promised

All companies that meet the required criteria to submit a tender for service provision will be considered objectively in line with procurement rules and regulations. The payment of the Living Wage by contractors retained by West Mercia is an objective I will seek to deliver over my term in office.

One of the roles I currently occupy is as an Associate with Deloitte. I am aware that this company has tendered in the past to provide support services to police forces and may well do so in the future.

If I am elected I will institute a review of all existing West Mercia contracts with private sector companies. This will be conducted with a view to generating additional benefits and/or financial savings for the force.

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West Midlands

Ayoub Khan (LibDems)

No response forwarded to the office

Bill Etheridge (UKIP)

I will never privatise West Midlands Police. Thats a definite promise

I will not allow private companies to have involvement in running the police

I have no involvement or links to any private companies like G4S

Bob Jones (Labour)

1 ) I have consistently voted against the Business partnership for the Police Privatisation process & have committed myself from the start that BPP will end and core policing services will be accountable to the community not to private shareholders.

2) i will totally review procurement arrangments to bring in ethical/international law compliance criteria plys support for local economy re local suppliers & apprentices

3) My only shareholdings are in the Severn Valley railway which has no plans to get involved in Police privatisation. I have no other connections with any business enterprise.

Cath Hannon (Independent)

Thank you for your e-mail, as your West Midlands PCC I will review processes & procedures across the force area to increase efficiency and provide the public a better standard of service. You can see issues I have raised regarding privatisation at http://www.cathhannon4pcc.com/hot-topics.html.

With regard connections to companies that might be interested in West Midlands Police contracts I have none.

Derek Webley (Independent)

I believe a visit to my webpage www.derekwebley.co.uk would help to address the issues raised below and give a more indepth view of my manifesto

Matt Bennett (Conservatives)

No response forwared to office

Mike Rumble (Independent)

I have promised from the start of my campaign, that I support in-sourcing not out-sourcing. To make it clear, NO, I do not support privatization of any of the West Midlands Police services. I have also stated my support for the federation and unions and have completed the Unison questionnaire to that effect. My pledges are costed and deliverable, not vote catching sound bites.

I will not allow any privatization, G4S, Serco, Amey or whoever.

I do not have any connection with any company that might be interested in police contracts.

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West Yorkshire

Andrew Marchington (LibDems)

I can promise not to privatise West Yorkshire Police.

I will not allow companies like G4S to get involved in running services that should be run by police officers

I have no connection to any companies that might be interested in police contracts.

Cedric Christie (Independent)

In principle I am against the trend of privatisation of policing services.
The interests of a private company are often in conflict with the
interests of a public service.

It is also important to stress that I do not have any business interests
that could be perceived as having any influence upon my impartiality as a

Geraldine Carter (Conservatives)

I can absolutely confirm that there is no question of privatising the police. As the Home Secretary has made crystal clear, the crime fighters will remain police officers, patrolling will not be privatised and policing will remain a public service, accountable to the people and carried out by consent. The law prevents the jobs police officers do from being delivered by private contractors beyond the limited powers of transport and custody conferred by the last Labour government.

When it comes to the work that goes on behind the scenes - things like administration, IT and maintenance - if savings can be made by collaborating with other police forces, other emergency services, local authorities or private companies I will look at them. It is vital that as much of our policing budget as possible is directed to frontline policing, and not wasted on expensive and inefficient administration.

Can I also add that I have no commercial interest in any company.

Mark Burns-Williamson (Labour)

Thanks for your email, one of my 5 pledges in this election was to oppose the Tory privatisation of our Police and to keep the Police on the beat in our neighbourhoods, not hand it to private companies. I have also recently signed up to the following statement supported by a number of the relevant Trade Unions. I am myself a GMB member, and I can assure you G4S would have no place on West Yorkshire's streets during my time in office if I am elected to be your Police Commissioner on 15 November

Statement on Police privatisation:

I recognise that the core duties of our Police Force extend beyond the power of arrest - it includes neighbourhood policing, 999 call answering and response, victim handling, forensics, custody, investigation and the wider breadth of services that support these roles in delivering policing to our communities. I oppose private companies carrying out duties and services for profit to my local community, because it would jeopardise the accountability, transparency and integrity of our Police Force.

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Angus Macpherson (Conservatives)

I am committed to evidence based commissioning. The Police force should not, and will not be privatised. However some services that the Chief Constable requires may be provided by other forces, private companies or the voluntary sector, as they are now.

The commissioning role it to listen to the public need, write a strategy, specify services and the services and then monitor the outcomes. Poor commissioning is achieved when there is a preconception of the result of the process.

G4s already provide services to Wiltshire Police and as far as I am aware the Chief Constable is satisfied with the service provided. I will of course review this when in office.

I have no connection to companies that might be interested in police contacts. My skills for this post are as a chartered accountant, magistrate and experienced member of the body this post replaces.

Clare Moody (Labour)

Thank you for your email. In response to your questions it is one of my pledges that I will not privatise police services, I do not believe that there should be a profit motive involved in policing. I can also reassure you that I have absolutely no connection to any companies that might be interested in a policing services contract and do not anticipate using any private company, such as G4S, in the provision of policing services.

Colin Skelton (Independent)

My views on privatization are straightforward, the profit motive and private companies should have no place in frontline Policing. I have blogged on this issue and below (in italics) is my blog from earlier in the year.

Wiltshire Police face a real challenge in this area, there are plans to privatise custody suites and for the force to launch into a big PFI deal which I feel will cripple them financially. The Conservative Party wants to see more private sector involvement, including patrolling and investigation. I think this is fundamentally wrong.

I have no ties to any private sector companies.

"Wiltshire Police currently have plans to privatise their custody suites across the county. If elected I would not allow this to happen. I am not opposed to privatisation per se, and if you asked me if a Police service should be in the business of catering, I would say no, we should outsource. Wiltshire Police have the expertise in custody, private companies do not. However, for me it is not an issue solely of money. Although I fail to see how an organisation could run a custody suite cheaper than the Police Service do. The staff costs, building maintenance costs would be the same for both organisations, yet a private company would have to introduce new management and a 10% profit margin into the equation. The maths don't add up.

No, the issue for me is transparency and accountability. Over the past ten years of so there have been several deaths whilst prisoners have been in in custody suites. These are tragic events. When the Police service run the custody suites, Police and civilian Police staff have fully co-operated with any Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation. This is right and proper, open and transparent. When private companies employ the civilian staff, in some cases, those companies have not co-operated with the IPCC investigation. This is a loss of transparency and accountability I could not accept as Commissioner."

John Short (UKIP)

I would not privatise the police force,nor would I allow companies such as G4S to run any services for the police, and I have no connections with any companies connected with police contracts.

Liam Silcocks (Independent)

Yes I can promise not to privatise Wiltshire Police Services - However I will consider outsourcing Police Complaints to a voluntary group within Wiltshire - perhaps the CAB - they have managed the NHS complaints framework in the past to provide independence. I have always been uncomfortable with the Police investigating themselves and believe that function is better served with full impartiality. Decisions regarding disciplinary or other action will have to remain within the Police force following a truly independent investigation.

G4S or other such companies.
No, I will not allow companies like G4S in - period. I have worked for organisations who have been tempted at the seemingly cost cutting angle to contacting out and then wonder why everything breaks. It usually costs more to contract out and then bring the services back in-house so it's a big no go for me.

Dodgy connections:
No, I am completely independent of political parties, the Police or any organisation that may benefit from me being elected in any shape or form. I think I am the only candidate who can boast those credentials.

Paul Batchelor (LibDems)

Thank you for contacting me. I have stated publicly that I do not believe there should be privatisation of any part of the police service. I understand that there are pressures to privatise the custody suites, which has happened already in eleven police forces. I will resist strongly any intervention from central government to compel Wiltshire to follow this line.
I find it difficult to see where there is a place in the police service for the likes of G4S or Reliance to offer a better service than our well respected police already deliver.

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