Candidate Statement of Ian Johnston QPM

Ian Johnston is standing as an Independent candidate to be the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent. If you are intending to stand to be Police and Crime Commissioner where you live, you can submit your own Candidate Statement, so get in touch at Others are on the way, and we are looking for 400 words, and a photo of you to which you have rights.


  • Very experienced senior police officer – 33 years police service, the majority at senior detective ranks, followed by 7 more years as Vice President and then President of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales
  • Deep experience of working with and representing the Police Service at the highest levels of Government
  • Able to leverage extensive personal network created over 40 years of police service
  • Deep understanding of the critical issues facing the Police Service today and in the future
  • Owner/manager of a successful consultancy company providing services to an established list of clients who need to target the public safety and criminal justice sector
  • Distinguished Police Service has been recognised by both the award of the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) and also an invitation to a reception hosted by the Prime Minister to celebrate outstanding service to local communities


  • To reduce Crime and Disorder and Anti-Social behaviour.

  • To be the voice of the people of Gwent on all policing issues.

  • To listen to concerns, respond and find solutions to local problems.

  • To place a greater focus on the needs of victims as opposed to offenders.

  • To work WITH elected politicians but FOR the people of Gwent.

  • To form effective partnerships with Gwent-wide statutory and voluntary agencies/bodies.

  • To set the strategic direction of the Force through the Police and Crime Plan.

  • To scrutinise, support and challenge the overall performance of the Force against the priorities agreed within the Plan.

  • To ensure that the policing priorities truly reflect the needs and concerns of our local communities, including minority and ethnic groups, particularly concentrating on the issue of anti-social behaviour.

  • To hold the Chief Constable to account for the operational delivery of the agreed Policing Plan.

  • To approve the Gwent Police budget and ensure that the financial management of the budget by the Chief Constable remains consistent with the agreed objectives and conditions.

  • To ensure that CORE policing functions continue to be carried out by warranted police officers and not the private sector.

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5 Responses to Candidate Statement of Ian Johnston QPM

  1. Sceptical of PCC's says:

    Wow – a candidate with Policing experience – a first! Let’s hope there are more soon.

    • samchapman says:

      I’ve counted at least 14 so far, and that’s just Independents, with more in the parties.

  2. Jean says:

    Well let’s hope these police commissioners make police investigate white collar crimes instead of helping the criminals by refusing to do so (and worse in some cases).

  3. Charles. says:

    As a former Detective and Senior Police Officer I deplore the way that the Commissioner`s elections have been ji-jacked by the political classes.

    We need someone with knowledge of the Job and also also complete independence.

    Ian Johnston fits that bill. no, I don`t know him and never worked with him.

    • Ian Johnston says:


      Thank you for your supportive comments. The good news is that the overwhelming majority of people I have spoken to believe that a level of Police experience/knowledge is essential. I am standing on a message of “Keep Politics out of Policing”

      Ian Johnston.

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