Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner won't stand for re-election

Angus Macpherson - Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner (Mike Draper)

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 10:04am 15th April 2019. (Updated at 10:22am 15th April 2019)

Angus Macpherson says he'll leave his post next year, making way for someone new.

He's been Wiltshire's PCC since the role was first created in 2012, and was re-elected in 2016.

But Mr Macpherson has now decided that he won't be going for the position again, stepping down in 2020:

"I have decided not to put myself forward for re-election in May 2020 after serving for two terms as Police and Crime Commissioner for the county. As we enter another decade I feel it's the right time to let another person, with their own energy and vision, continue the good work which I and my office have done so far.

"I have served the people of Wiltshire and Swindon as their PCC for nearly eight years and in that time I have made many changes to Wiltshire Police to improve its efficiency and to make it match fit for the 21st century.

"In addition, I have been passionate about bolstering services for those caught up in the criminal justice system, vulnerable people and victims of crime.

"I believe I have accomplished many of the aims which I set out to achieve within the Police and Crime plan, but there is always more to do and I remain fully committed to my role over the next 12 months."

Wiltshire Police Chief Constable Kier Pritchard and Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson
Angus Macpherson with Wiltshire's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

We'll have a chance to vote for a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire next year.

Further details about the possible candidates will be announced closer to the election process:

"When I leave in a year's time I want to make sure I leave with things in the best shape possible for whoever succeeds me so they can continue to build on the important role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon - representing the public on policing and crime matters.

"I wish all of the candidates the best of luck in their election campaigning."

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