The first candidate to stand for the job as Lancashire’s new elected Police Commissioner has thrown down the gauntlet to potential rivals, asking: “Where are you?”
Ribble Valley businessman Kevin Horkin says he is astonished no other potential candidates have come forward. He was first to declare his candidacy for the new role, as revealed in last week’s Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.
Elections will be held across Lancashire in November for the post of Police and Crime Commissioner, an £85,000-a-year job to reconnect the police and public.
“Where are the other candidates?” Mr Horkin asked. “Where are they hiding and why? I hear rumours about other names, but see no faces.
“This is a very important job, and the public deserve to be able to choose from a selection of candidates committed to the new post.”
Mr Horkin – a Conservative borough and town councillor in Clitheroe – has confirmed he has applied to become the Conservative Party’s official Police and Crime Commissioner nominee in Lancashire.
The closing date for applications was January 31st.
“I have made it clear I feel passionately about policing, and intend to work very hard rebuilding public confidence and holding the chief constable to account on all matters,” he added.
“I will give a voice to individuals who currently feel ignored, and communities which feel overlooked.”
Mr Horkin says one of his first priorities, should he be elected, would be to look at official crime statistics, and get a clearer picture of how crime is reported.
Last week, Policing Minister Nick Herbert said candidates elected as PCCs will need to have “stature and experience”.
Mr Horkin, who is 49 and lives near Waddington, has been in the public eye for many years, and was recently voted Lancashire’s Philanthropist of the Year.
Candidates who stand for election as PCC will have to pay a £5,000 non-returnable deposit, and get 100 signatures of support.
In Lancashire, the new PCC will replace 17 members of the Lancashire Police Authority.
“The race has started, but where are all the other runners?” asked Mr Horkin. “If you intend to run for election as the PCC here in Lancashire, it’s time to stand up and be counted.”