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Suffolk: Star poll finds no-one can name police and crime commissioner

PUBLISHED: 15:55 26 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:55 26 February 2013

Suffolk's police and crime commissioner, Tim Passmore.

Suffolk's police and crime commissioner, Tim Passmore.

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DO you know this man?

In a poll carried out by The Star, not one of the 15 people asked could name Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner (PCC), Tim Passmore.

This result follows a national survey by the Electoral Reform Society, which found that out of 1,000 people, almost 90% couldn’t name their PCC.

Just 11% knew who their elected PCC was, with the society’s report saying November’s PCC elections had “failed both candidates and voters alike”.

Conservative candidate, Mr Passmore, beat Labour’s Jane Basham only after second preference votes were counted, in an election which saw just 16% of the county go to the polls.

In its report, the campaign group claimed people were “left in the dark about who they could vote for”, while the turnout was reduced because the election was held in the winter.

Mr Passmore criticised the Government’s handling of the elections at the time and said he was doing his best to raise awareness of his role.

He said: “The big thing is to make people aware what the role is about and that’s something we need to work on over the next two years.

“We’ve got a website which is updated regularly and we’ll be holding four meetings a year in each district and borough.

“I’m doing what I can, but we’ll keep going. I’m not in any way complacent.”

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6 comments

  • Who really cares about his name ! When I was growing up everyone knew the name of our village Policeman, and the fact that we all had one !

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

  • 15 people. Really? I assume this was a poll taken inside the Archant offices then?

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    Erm, Why?

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • Frank Clark, the ex Forest manager?

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    Tedbundy

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • If you ran the same "research" at Police HQ, would the headline read "EVERYONE can name PCC"? I agree completely that the election was flawed and badly publicised and people weren't engaged, but come on, don't insult us by presenting sensationalist headlines as fact based on the few people you stopped on the Cornhill.

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    Steve Allman

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • I heard the police can name him because there is a prize for the first one to book him him and verbal him up. On the suspect target list for being a Crime Commissioner. And I only wrote it to the Head of Suffolk Police "Intelligence" as a joke. "A suspect who commissions crime in the county sir. Thank you for your information. We'll target him asap"

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    Gezoo

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

  • A survey of only 15 people! It smacks of very lazy journalisim, and I would suggest until the journalist puts in the requisite work required, this article should have not been published. I agree that if you had bothered to stand in the town centre and ask many more people very few would be able to name him, or even care who heshe was. But to call it a survey with only 15 people questioned is laughable. Come on Evening Star, surely you are better than this so called story.

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    england1770

    Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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