|Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner|
Assumed office |
5 May 2016
|Preceded by||Tony Hogg|
Alison Hernandez is an English politician, and the current Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, representing the Conservative Party. She was elected to the post on 5 May 2016, succeeding the previous incumbent, Tony Hogg.
Within days of her election, it was reported that Hernandez was being investigated by police over allegations she failed to properly declare election expenses that were submitted in her role as an election agent for Kevin Foster, Conservative candidate in the Torbay constituency during the 2015 general election. Hernandez is under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission which is managing the probe by West Mercia Police in connection with the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation. She faced calls from opposition politicians, including Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans, to step aside from the role of Police and Crime Commissioner while the investigation was ongoing. Hernandez addressed these concerns during her swearing in ceremony on 10 May: "I've had over 91,000 people elect me to office. I'm here for the people of Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. I'm here to do a job – the police need support."
Hernandez courted controversy in June 2017 when she suggested gun owners could engage with terrorists. This idea was swiftly dismissed by Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton due to the complexities of responding to such an incident and the confusion that may occur in identifying the attackers.
|Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner election, 2016|
|Party||Candidate||1st round||2nd round|
First round votes Transfer votes
|Total||Of round||Transfers||Total||Of round|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Younger-Ross||35,154||12.4%||
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- "Expenses probe PCC Alison Hernandez branded 'arrogant'". BBC News. BBC. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
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- Gun owners could help fight terror attack, says police commissioner | UK news | The Guardian
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