The former army colonel was selected as the Norfolk Conservative candidate for the role of police and crime commissioner – ahead of three others including former police authority chairman Stephen Bett – in July.

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Jamie Athill admitted he was “extremely flattered” and “very proud” after impressing voters at two open primary events held at Norwich and Swaffham.

Last month he launched his manifesto in Downham Market pledging to help ensure people remain safe wherever they live in the county.

In his election statement Mr Athill said: “I was born and raised in Norfolk and I’m standing for election as Norfolk’s police and crime commissioner because I want to cut crime by:

Improving Norfolk Constabulary’s public accountability, so people understand how the police help them and how they can help the police

Underpinning the chief constable’s operational independence, so we get the best policing delivered by well-trained, well-motivated police officers, PCSOs and civilian staff

Supporting the organisations and charities that help victims and reduce reoffending with business partnerships that enable, not ‘privatise’, these public institutions, putting the victim first.

“The PCC needs to be a tough, fair-minded person who will take a fresh and independent look at cutting bureaucracy, with a hands-on approach to identifying local priorities.

“Thirty-five years of military experience has taught me that when times are difficult it is teamwork and innovation that deliver results, not infighting or living in the past.

“I share with many Norfolk people the values of personal responsibility, mutual respect, self-reliance and independent thought – and that we must make every penny count.

“The PCC’s job is not just about setting police budgets and priorities; it’s about long-term crime reduction, about sharing best practices with local government and local businesses and renewed community engagement – driving improvements through collaboration with the whole criminal justice system.

“My team will bring Norfolk criminal justice, victim support and business experience to focus on the front line.

“We’ll be upfront with the people of Norfolk, replacing the appointed Police Authority with elected openness and accountability, so we keep Norfolk one of the safest counties in England.”

log onto www.jamieathill.org.uk to find out more.

Tomorrow: Meet Norfolk’s Lib Dem candidate James Joyce.

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