Public meeting in Barton tomorrow for Humberside police commissioner candidate Paul Davison
Meetings in Scunthorpe and Barton are planned by Humberside police and crime commissioner candidate Paul Davison.
He is bidding "to wrestle the election away from the political parties."
Humberside people go to the polls on November 15 to elect a police supremo for the first time.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, October 24) Mr Davison will be at the Baysgarth Leisure Centre on Caistor Road in Barton - DN18 5DT. The public meeting starts at 7pm.
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Mr Davison, a retired chief superintendent who served in towns and villages across Humberside for 30 years, said: "I have a very small team of people working alongside me helping me to get my messages across to the people of East Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.
"It continues to be an uphill struggle competing with the deep-pocketed political parties and the teams of people they can call upon.
"In a bid to speak to as many people as possible, I have arranged these meetings where I will be available for people to come along and discuss any matter they wish with me.”
"I would encourage people to come along if they are already thinking about voting for me, if they have no intention of doing so or even if they do not know what the police and crime commissioner election is about.
"This will affect everyone and it is vital people make a reasoned and logical decision upon who they believe to be best equipped to manage this position for the benefit of the public."
Mr Davison, a father of five who lives in Bainton, East Yorkshire, was divisional commander of the East Riding for the last four years of his policing career.
He has pledged to investigate all crime and anti-social behaviour - a policy he introduced while in charge of policing in the East Riding - and restore the trust in the police by delivering a service which exceeds the expectations of the public.
He will hold other meetings in Bridlington, Hull, Goole, Beverley, Driffield, Cottingham, Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe.
Scunthorpe's will be on Monday, November 12 at the Civic Centre, off Ashby Road (7pm).
Mr Davison added: "I am hoping these meeting will give people an opportunity to come and speak to me and that they leave believing me to be a credible and trusted candidate for this vitally important role.
"I cannot stress how important this election will be and how much is at stake should the wrong person take the job.
"I am keen that people do not simply vote along party lines because of loyalty to a political party. I understand the rationale of voting for political parties based on individuals' beliefs at local and general elections. However, there should be no political interference in electing Humberside’s first police and crime commissioner.
"I will be an independent commissioner who represents local people. I will be their champion, I will be there for them to make sure what they need is prioritised and not the political will of central party offices in London.
"If elected, the fundamental question which will underpin every decision I make will be whether or not the public will be better served as a result the outcome."