Ex-officer chosen as candidate for Avon and Somerset Police Commissioner
THE Liberal Democrats have selected a former police officer as their candidate for Avon and Somerset Police Commissioner.
Somerset-born Pete Levy began his career as a cadet and then police constable with Wiltshire Constabulary, before spending six years in the Royal Military Police and completing several attachments with the Special Investigations Branch.
He has since spent 15 years working in international corporate and broadcast production. He is currently a city councillor in Horfield and a member of the Avon and Somerset Police Authority, which the commissioner will replace.
Mr Levy said: "The people of Avon and Somerset need a Police Commissioner who knows how the police work and understands how to cut crime.
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"With my police, military and communications background, I have the experience to do the job.
"It's about working together – the people, the police and all the authorities – and doing what works."
Ken Maddock, a former leader of Somerset County Council, is the Tory candidate for the post.
The Labour Party selected Bob Ashford, a former councillor from Frome, as its candidate.
The newly-elected commissioner will set the constabulary's budget and the council tax precept to pay for policing. The chief constable, Colin Port, will answer to him.
Police and crime commissioners will be elected in 41 areas across England and Wales on November 15.