Eastwood's own Caroline Henry vows to take 'bold action' as police and crime commissioner
The long-time Eastwood resident has promised to “listen and deliver” after being elected as Nottinghamshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
Mrs Henry, who now lives in Giltbrook, won by more than 7,000 votes over former MP and sitting PCC Paddy Tipping after second preferences were allocated.
It is the first time a Conservative has been elected to the role since it was created in 2012.
The newly-appointed PCC says her main aim is to spread policing resource throughout the county and ensure the force always backs the victims of crime.
Speaking to the Advertiser, she said: “I have been out speaking to hundreds of residents over the last few weeks, and the message is clear – people feel that towns and villages across the county, including places like Eastwood, have been let down when it comes to policing resource. I’m going to fix that.
“We have a large rural county, with many increasing problems including anti-social behaviour and rural crime, and unless we focus on these towns, the problem will get worse.”
Mrs Henry had the backing of Eastwood MP Lee Anderson during her election campaign and hopes to work with him on the problems facing the area.
“Lee has spoken to me on many occasions about the issues his constituents raise with him, including fly-tipping and nuisance behaviour. I will be sitting down with him urgently to discuss tangible ways of fixing these problems,” Mrs Henry said.
She hopes that her local connections and knowledge will prove valuable when it comes to the commissioner role.
“I am Nottinghamshire through and through. I was born here, raised here, and have spent most of my adult life working here. I care about these streets and understand how unsafe my neighbours feel when walking outside,” she said.
“I’ve spent years working in business and for charities. Although I am not a career politician, I do have a unique ability and that’s to listen. I will be a commissioner who listens to the people’s priorities and then delivers.”
Mrs Henry, wife of Broxtowe MP Darren Henry, already has big plans to deliver change, including a Rural Crime Action Team and a full review of all police stations closed under the previous commissioner.
She said: “The people of Nottinghamshire will see bold action from me. I want to see a police force that is tough on crime, unashamedly backs victims and increases the number of front-line officers.
"Only by putting pressure on criminals will we start to turn the tide and make people feel safe.”
The result was: Mrs Henry (Con) 138,658 votes, Mr Tipping (Lab) 131,302. Lib Dem David Watts was eliminated in the first round.