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Lisa Townsend Surrey’s New Police and Crime Commissioner

Published on: 9 May, 2021
Updated on: 9 May, 2021

Lisa Townsend

Lisa Townsend was voted in today (May 8) as the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey for the next three years.

Ms Townsend, a Conservative, took 112,260 first-preference votes in the PCC election on Thursday. She was elected on second-preference votes, after no candidates had more than 50% of first-preference ballots.

The result was announced in Addlestone. Voter turnout was 38.81%, compared to 28.07% in the last PCC election in 2016. Ms Townsend’s formal appointment is on Thursday, May 13, replacing the Independent, former Conservative, David Munro.

She said: “It is an absolute privilege and honour to become Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner and I can’t wait to get started and help Surrey Police provide a service our residents can be proud of.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me and the public who came out to vote. I am determined to repay the faith they have shown in me by doing everything I can in this role to be the residents’ voice on policing.

“I would also like to thank David Munro for the dedication and care he has shown in the role for the past five years.

“I know from speaking to residents across the county during my election campaign that the job Surrey Police do in our communities is greatly valued by the people. I look forward to working together with the Chief Constable and providing the best support I can to his officers and staff who work so hard to keep Surrey safe.”

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens

Chief Constable Gavin Stephens said: “I warmly congratulate Lisa on her election and welcome her to the force. We will be working closely with her on her ambitions for the county and continuing to deliver ‘Our Commitments’ to our communities.

“I would also like to acknowledge the work of our outgoing Commissioner, David Munro, who has done a lot to support not only the force, but the initiatives introduced during his tenure which have made a significant difference to the residents of Surrey.”

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test One Response to Lisa Townsend Surrey’s New Police and Crime Commissioner

  1. Ben Paton Reply

    May 10, 2021 at 10:36 am

    Hopefully, the new PCC has no previous association with the police and will work for the public rather than the police.
    The whole point of PCC’s is to hold the police to account.

    Unfortunately, most of them seem to be captured by the police and end up as their spokespersons.

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