South Yorkshire by-election

A vacancy for the police and crime commissioner for South Yorkshire has arisen. Information about who is standing for election in South Yorkshire will be available on this site from 8 October.


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The Conservative Party Candidate

Force area:
South Yorkshire

Nigel Stuart Bonson

Election statement:

 The role of Police and Crime Commissioner needs a very specific individual to ensure a reduction in crime. This is, after all, the key objective. They will need the relevant skills and experience. I was a police officer for thirty years. I was a Chief Inspector. When I talk of “frontline policing”, I know where that front line is. I’ve been on it.


The Commissioner will need to act with impartiality, credibility, vision, passion, a genuine care for victims and a real understanding of the effects of crime and anti-social behaviour. I have a proven track record in policing, police training, management and community engagement and can demonstrate that I have those skills.


South Yorkshire is experiencing an increase in organised gang crime. I worked to tackle these issues for many years in some of the most deprived areas of Greater Manchester, and I travelled to New York and Philadelphia to learn policing best practice. 


I was Home Office Safer Cities co-ordinator and managed a Regional Crime Reduction team where I was responsible for crime and disorder reduction activity. I briefed ministers regularly on these activities and drafted speeches on their behalf.


I will work closely with the police, at all levels, scrutinising their performance in order to help improve it. As an officer I have always had the credibility to do that from within. I will restore public confidence and pride in our police force. As an independent member of the Parole Board I work with victims of the worst crimes and I regard protection of the public as paramount.

 Effectively directing our fine policing resources, working together to tackle criminals. That is my aim.

Prepared on behalf of Nigel Bonson by Colin Muncie, as Election Agent, both of 1(b) South Terrace, Moorgate Street, Rotherham S60 2EU