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Roger Hirst has been re-elected as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex with a promise to continue working to stop crime from happening and keeping people safe from fire and hazard.
He has also pledged to prevent drug related violence and support victims of domestic abuse with a focus on preventing it from happening in the first place.
Voting took place on Thursday with the votes counted and announced at Colchester’s Charter Hall today (Saturday) by the Police Area Returning Officer Adrian Pritchard, Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Council.
Mr Hirst received more than half of the first preference votes. The countywide turnout was 32.47 per cent, an increase from the 2016 PCC election when the turnout was 26 per cent.
He said: “This is a sobering level of endorsement from the people of Essex. I am grateful that they are clearly appreciating what we have been doing over the past five years.
“We have achieved 500 extra police officers with a commitment of further investment and with more officers to come.
“We are improving the culture of the fire and rescue service with a focus on prevention and protection. It is really exciting that this programme has been endorsed by the public of Essex.”
Essex County results for the Essex Police Fire and Crime Commissioner elections
HIRST Roger Conservative 235,346 (Elected)
TILBROOK Robin Charles William English Democrats – “More Police – Catching Criminals!” 42,831
VINCE Chris Labour and Co-operative Party 99,712
WHITEHOUSE Jon Liberal Democrat 58,131