The three candidates vying to become Lincolnshire’s next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections will face the people of Long Sutton next week.
A unique hustings event featuring prospective Commissioners Victoria Ayling (UKIP), Marc Jones (Conservative) and Lucinda Preston (Labour) takes place at the Royal British Legion club, West Street, Long Sutton, on Wednesday, April 13, at 7pm.
being asked to spell out their policing plans for the “forgotten” southern end of the county.
The event, to be chaired by Spalding Guardian and Lincolnshire Free Press reporter Winston Brown, is a chance for people from the Long Sutton area to decide who is best placed to succeed outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick after the election on May 5.
Ahead of the hustings event, Ms Preston has vowed to take a 30 per cent drop in salary to fund initiatives aimed at turning young people away from crime.
Ms Preston said: “The role of Lincolnshire PCC comes with a large salary which many people believe is excessive.
“It is the opportunity to help improve policing in Lincolnshire that I care about, not a fat pay check.
“So if voters choose me, I will accept no more than the amount that I currently earn as a teacher.
“The money I plan to sacrifice will instead be used to fund community projects which will engage with young people at risk of offending.
It is the opportunity to help improve policing in Lincolnshire that I care about, not a fat pay checkLucinda Preston, Labour candidate for Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner
“Good policing is about enforcement but we also need to look at what else we can do to prevent young people turning to a life of crime in the first place.
“My plan would mean more than £80,000 of extra cash.”