UKIP County Councillor Tony Hooke has called for Simon Hayes, the Police and Crime Commissioner, to step aside.
Following a “crime wave in the borough” this October, Cllr Hooke visited the Commissioner and asked for additional Police resources for Andover.
Cllr Hooke said “I pointed out to the Commissioner that his cuts had directly resulted in the loss of Police manpower in the town, and the fact that Andover no longer had a CID department. In fact, the nearest CID Officer is now in Basingstoke. This is unacceptable for a town approaching 50,000 people.”
“There are yet more cuts to come to our Police service. So far the Commissioner has taken out £70 million, with a further £25 million to come” he added.
Consequently, Cllr Hooke has asked for PCC Hayes to move aside so that someone he feels with a better understanding of the Police needs can take control and start to restore the force to a level where once again it can be effective.
Cllr Hooke also pointed out that the Commissioner is at least 3 months behind in his target of quarterly COMPASS (Commissioner’s Performance, Accountability, Scrutiny and Strategy) meetings with the public.
The last meeting was 10th June 2014.
He went on to say “We will hold him to account”.
For details on the COMPASS meetings, go to the Hampshire PCC website here.
Simon Hayes describes the purpose of COMPASS meetings with Hampshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Andy Marsh