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POLICE ELECTION: Who will you vote for to be Kent's commissioner?

Wednesday 21st April 2021

JUST three candidates have put themselves forward for the role of Kent Police and Crime Commissioner on May 6, the same day as the local council elections.

Current PCC Matthew Scott will be seeking re-election to a second term in the post.

Mr Scott was due to stand last year but the election was  cancelled due to COVID-19.

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He is likely to point to successes in the role, such as the recruitment of more officers to Kent Police.  But Mr Scott faces voters in many Maidstone communities who are unhappy with the force he is in charge of overseeing.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, says the "role of the PCCs is to be responsible for the totality of policing. PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area."

Candidate Lola Oyewusi, for Labour, is a parish councillor in Walderslade, chairs a multi-faith group for a large housing association and is vice-chair of the Medway trade union council.

Liberal Democrat Graham Colley is a solicitor who lives in Rochester and has worked as a legal aid lawyer.