New Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner’s pledge to tackle rural crime and put more officers on the street
Conservative Jonathan Evison has promised to tackle rural crime and put more officers on the street after ousting the Labour incumbent to be elected Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Mr Evison won the election with a total of 79,534 votes, 71,554 first preferences and 7,980 second preferences. Labour’s Keith Hunter came second with 71,615 votes, 61,859 first preferences and 9,756 second preferences, while Liberal Democrat Bob Morgan was eliminated after the first round of counts.
Mr Evison said he felt “elated” to have been elected but was not surprised despite a late entry into the race after previous Conservative candidate Craig Ulliott dropped out.
The PCC-elect said: “There were no surprises given the national picture, although I came into the race late in the day. I’ve been on the Police and Crime Panel for seven years and I have good connections across the region.”
He said his priorities after his swearing in would be getting to grips with his new role, public outreach and drawing up a new policing plan which he aims to unveil by the autumn.
Mr Hunter all but conceded defeat while the votes were still being counted at Bridlington Spa on Saturday.
He said he left office after taking the “basket case” Humberside Police on to be one of the most improved forces in the country. He added he had also fallen victim to Labour’s lack of policies and direction nationally.
Mr Evison added he wanted to tackle rural crime, improve the reporting of crime generally, get more police on the streets and tackle drugs and anti-social behaviour.