By Julie Armstrong, Local Democracy Reporter, 22 April 2021
It is a five-horse race for Surrey’s next police and crime commissioner (PCC) – the person who holds Surrey Police to account for its performance and decides what to prioritise its budget on.
Here all the candidates explain in 100 words why you should give them your vote on 6 May.
Kevin Hurley, Zero Tolerance Policing ex Chief
Kevin Hurley, currently in Afghanistan working to improve the police, previously served in the Metropolitan Police and as a Territorial Army officer. He was Surrey’s first PCC, between 2012 and 2016.
“I’ve spent 36 years in policing. I know community safety, the police and criminals inside out. Budgets or inspirational leadership? I’ve done it.
“We will not tolerate anti-social louts, the fly-tippers, reckless speeders, the bullies and con-artists.
- Take a Zero Tolerance Policing approach to criminals
- Ensure visible street policing!
- Put victims at the centre of the criminal justice system
- Give you the opportunity to have a greater say in how we are policed
- Support your local police and council enforcement officers
- Be uncompromising in the standards you expect from your police.
Policing is too important for party politics.”
Howard Kaye, Labour and Co-operative
Howard Kaye, who hails from Leeds and has lived in Farnham for 16 years, is a train driver and member of the trade union ASLEF.
“I will work to formulate proposals to protect Surrey residents from the continuing threat of online and telephone crime.
“After consultation I will publish a Police and Crime Plan to identify local priorities and how I plan to meet them.
“To get the best policing for the residents of Surrey requires adequate funding; I will fight any reduction in budgets that impact on policing within Surrey.
“I will halt the continual downgrading of our police service within Surrey; the closures of police stations and centralisation of policing resources do not benefit the vast majority of Surrey residents.”
Paul Kennedy, Liberal Democrat
Paul Kennedy, currently a Mole Valley district councillor for Fetcham West, is a former barrister, accountant and actuary.
“I’m offering a professional, ambitious, community-based alternative after years of failed Conservative policies.
“I’ll bring back community policing and work with communities to tackle antisocial behaviour, road safety and rural crime.
“I’ll lead a concerted campaign to cut drugs and youth crime and county lines of organised crime.
“I’ll improve outcomes for victims, and tackle offending behaviour.
“I’m a local councillor and former barrister, accountant and actuary with 30 years’ professional leadership experience.
“For ten years I’ve provided strategic direction and independent oversight to other organisations on a non-political basis.
“I’ll give Surrey Police fresh leadership, to serve residents better.”
David Munro, Independent
David Munro, who lives in Farnham, was formerly a Major in the Royal Engineers and a Surrey county councillor, and has been Surrey’s PCC since 2016.
“I’m your current Independent Surrey PCC and hope you can support me for a second term to keep police out of party politics.
“My job is to hold Surrey Police to account on behalf of you, Surrey residents.
“Despite the governments’ savage cuts, the force have done well, holding crime steady and retaining the confidence of Surrey residents.
“But we can do better: if re-elected I will have three overriding priorities – more police, a greater focus on preventing crime and solving more cases.
“Together we will crack down on crimes like drug dealing, anti-social behaviour and violence against women.”
Lisa Townsend, Conservative
Lisa Townsend, who lives in Ottershaw, is a law graduate who works in communications.
“Having lived in Surrey for over 12 years I know the importance of putting local people and their priorities at the heart of policing.
“That’s what my policing plan will do; I will listen to our communities and represent you.
“I want to use my experience in policy and communications to secure the funding and support our police force needs by making the case to the highest levels of government.
“With experience in managing multi-million pound budgets and a proven record of holding people at all levels accountable, I will ensure your taxes are spent wisely on delivering your priorities.”