Former Police Inspector to stand as Policing Commissioner

Tony Harper, 56, was born and bred in Hucknall and began his policing career in 1975 as a cadet, rising to acting chief inspector over the next 35 years. The father of two was selected by Conservative Party members following a Hustings at Epperstone Village Hall.

He said “It is a great honour for me, as the son of a Hucknall miner, to have come this far and I hope it shows that with a bit of hard work, no matter your background, anything can be achieved.

  

“I have spent 35 years in frontline policing, solving crimes and helping communities, and it is important that we have a police and crime commissioner who is fully experienced and knowledgeable in this field.

“It is also essential we have a commissioner who can work with Government to get the best possible deal for Nottinghamshire rather than someone who just shouts from the sidelines.”Since 2010 Nottinghamshire police has been tasked to find £43m in savings. A quarter of the county’s police community support officers will be cut despite 21,000 people calling for an increase in council tax to keep them. The force is set to reduce the number of PCSOs to 251 from 331, with 44 people facing redundancy.

Nottinghamshire’s current police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping, who promised to increase the number of PCSOs when he was elected in 2012, said he had been forced to reduce them because of Government cuts.

Since 2010 Nottinghamshire police has been tasked to find £43m in savings. A quarter of the county’s police community support officers will be cut despite 21,000 people calling for an increase in council tax to keep them. The force is set to reduce the number of PCSOs to 251 from 331, with 44 people facing redundancy.

Nottinghamshire’s current police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping, who promised to increase the number of PCSOs when he was elected in 2012, said he had been forced to reduce them because of Government cuts.