UKIP have announced that their candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in Sussex will be former Police Officer Tony Armstrong.
Mr Armstrong served for 30 years in the constabulary in London and the South East and says that his priority for the position will be to ensure value for money without threatening front line services.
“I am delighted to have been selected as the UKIP candidate for Sussex” said Mr Armstrong. “They have sensible, fair policies which I believe reflect the wishes of the community.”
“My experience working for as a Police Officer means I can hit the ground running in this position, implementing policies which I feel would make the most difference to this County.
“I will look for evidence based solutions to prevent crime taking place such as alcohol abuse programmes and targeting known prolific criminals to take them off the streets.
“I would also look at expanding Neighbourhood Policing Teams and increase the number of bases to have one in each neighbourhood.”
Mr Armstrong has said he has been “reassured” by the police inspectorate report into Sussex police.
“They are on track to make the required savings according to the report but I would ensure that these cuts do not affect front line services.” he added.
Sussex MEP Nigel Farage said that Mr Armstrong would be able to use both his police experience and his knowledge of local government in the post.
“Mr Armstrong has a wealth of relevant experience for this position and the people of Sussex have an opportunity to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner who will listen to their needs and work with the police to ensure a best outcome for all.”