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Bedfordshire PCC candidate – Antonio Vitiello, English Democrats

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We are providing all the candidates seeking election as Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) with the opportunity to tell our readers what their priorities are, and to tell us a little more about themselves.

We’ve asked the same four questions to each candidate, for straightforward comparison, and we have invited candidates to supply social media and website links if they choose to.

In this article we speak to Antonio Vitiello, standing for the English Democrats.

 


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(1) Please tell us a little about yourself.

I was raised by a senior police officer until the age of 21. Additionally, I personally served as a member of Thames Valley, Police Volunteer Support Team (PVST).

I can therefore appreciate how the police service has changed (unfortunately for the worst) over the years. 

At the same time, however I have a strong appreciation of what police officers go through and how it affects them and there families.

I then went onto study Law at the University of Westminster, it is abundantly clear to me that the way the police have behaved over the past year is particularly disgraceful. 

 

(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?

To eradicate Political Correctness from Bedfordshire Police and ensure that Constables
honour their oaths by enforcing actual law.

This is as opposed to attempting to enforce the ‘whim’ of Westminster politicians, or mere government guidelines.

Such guidelines hold no legal weight at all and are therefore no more than government advice. The retired UK Supreme Court justice, Lord Jonathon Sumption QC, has spoken out extensively on this very subject.

Bedfordshire Police are under funded by the UK government, thanks to the Barnett Formula.

The British Government sends too much of our English taxes to Scotland and Wales, whilst asset- stripping England! 

 

(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?

To increase our policing capacity, at virtually zero-cost by setting up two additional
divisions of Special Constabulary.

The first will enable and encourage retiring police officers with more than 10 years full-time service, to keep their warrant card and police powers upon retirement.

The second will be a scheme enabling businesses to pay for their security staff to train and register as Special Constables, their powers of arrest applying to their place of work and its neighbouring streets.

We already have a similar working model of this in terms of ‘Cathedral Constables’ in Canterbury, York, Liverpool and Chester cathedrals. 

 

(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?

Whilst former police officers have certain strengths for the PCC role, they also come with the tenancy to automatically take the side of the police.

Personally I never served as a police officer or special constable, whilst at the same time I was raised by one.

I can therefore appreciate what police officers go through and how their work affects themselfs and their families. 

Coupled with my law studies, experience as a former UKIP branch officer, and current involvement with the English Democrats, I believe that I am in a unique position to restore policing to it’s former glory.

 

 

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