Former Sunderland Mayor backed to become police commissioner

Tom Foster , with  acting Neighbourhood Inspector Ken Robinson  at the launch Not in My  Neighbourhood week
Tom Foster , with acting Neighbourhood Inspector Ken Robinson at the launch Not in My Neighbourhood week
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TWO councillors are backing a campaign by a would-be top police boss.

Sunderland councillor and Northumbria Police Authority deputy leader Tom Foster is bidding to become the first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the Northumbria force area.

Now his campaign has received the support of South Tynside borough councillors Tracey Dixon and John McCabe.

Both members pledged their support when they met Coun Foster outside South Shields Town Hall this week.

In November, Northumbria Police Authority will be abolished and be replaced by a PCC, who will determine police strategy and how it serves the communities in the North East region, from Berwick to Sunderland.

The North East Labour Groups have shortlisted Coun Foster and former Redcar MP Vera Baird as their prospective candidates.

However, only one can go forward for an election to take place in November.

Coun McCabe, who serves on the police authority for South Tyneside Council, said: “Tom is an excellent servant of all the communities in the North East region in his present role as deputy chairman of the police authority.

“He will bring stability, expertise and common sense to this new role, and he has the total respect of all his colleagues on the authority and the senior police commanders.”

Coun Dixon, a cabinet member on South Tyneside Council with responsibilty for community safety, said: “Having worked with Tom Foster, I am positive that he is the person best suited to take on the new role of police commissioner.

“South Tyneside is a safe place to live and work, and needs a modern police service that understands the needs of our communities.

“Tom will bring his considerable knowledge of our area to the table in the new role of commissioner, and ensure continuity of progress.”

Residents across the Northumbria Police area and 40 other constabulary areas throughout England and Wales will vote on who will serve them as their first commissioners.

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