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.


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The Labour and Co-operative Party Candidate

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Olly Martins

Election statement:

Bedfordshire is losing 185 police officers and 78 PCSOs, together with 30 patrol cars, as a result of the Conservative/LibDem government’s 20% police budget cuts. Axing more than half of our PCSOs and forcing this shocking reduction in police strength means that the visible neighbourhood policing people value so much is likely to become a thing of the past.

What is more, in 2013 Chancellor George Osborne will publish the next spending review, which will herald a further round of deep cuts, as a consequences of this government’s failed economic policies. A number of Chief Constables have said further cuts to the police will undermine the fight against crime.

That is why Bedfordshire needs a Police and Crime Commissioner who, rather than just toeing the party line, will fight these cuts and stand up for what our police need. That is exactly what the Labour candidate Olly Martins will do.

Eight years with Victim Support, local government and military experience, together with running the office of Shadow Transport Secretary Maria Eagle MP in Parliament, give Olly the right background to be an effective Police and Crime Commissioner, and a champion for our county.

Olly will:

  • Be a strong voice against the government’s 20% police cuts, arguing for cutting crime rather than cutting the police
  • Oppose the sweeping privatisation of large parts of our police to G4S
  • Resist and frustrate those who preach hatred and seek to divide our communities, standing up for the decent law abiding majority
  • Prioritise all forms of hate crime and anti-social behaviour, giving victims confidence that Bedfordshire Police will deal with them with the utmost professionalism
  • Push to ensure Bedfordshire Police better reflects the diversity of the communities it serves

Prepared by Francis Steer, 3 Union Street, Luton LU1 3AN

Contact Details:

3 Union Street, Luton LU1 3AN