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Police and crime commissioners

Police and crime commissioners are elected by the public to ensure the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled in your police force area.

Festus Akinbusoye

On Thursday 6 May 2021, you will be able to vote for your next Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the whole of Bedfordshire.

Festus Akinbusoye is the only candidate who has frontline policing experience here in our county, has worked within the Criminal Justice System as mentor to young offenders, and has nearly 20 years business experience as a company director – leading a team of over fifty employees across the UK.

The next PCC will have the huge responsibility of overseeing Bedfordshire Police’s budget which has grown to a record £129.5m for the 2021-22 financial year. They will also hold the Chief Constable accountable for delivering on the people’s policing priorities to cut crime, prevent harm and support victims. Furthermore, the next Commissioner will need to build on the success of the out-going Conservative PCC, who has taken our police area from being rated as inadequate to now being rated as ‘Good’ overall by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate.

Festus aims to invest in community-based policing for both our urban and rural areas with new police hubs, crack down on drug-dealing and anti-social behaviour and ensure that law-abiding citizens and victims are at the centre of our policing priorities. Festus has a plan to help the people of Bedfordshire and the first-hand experience to achieve these goals.

Festus has the vision, passion and plan for a safer Bedfordshire. We hope he can count on your support on Thursday 6 May.

This statement was prepared by Mark Lavery on behalf of Festus Akinbusoye, both at the Luton Conservative Federation, 18a Leagrave Road, Luton, LU4 8HZ.

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