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.
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(1) Please tell us a little about yourself.
I served in the police for over 30 years and was promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector.
I joined the police when I was 19 years old, after being inspired by two officers who visited my school in Bury Park, Luton.
The majority of my career was as a detective- investigating murders, rape and sexual offences, kidnappings and tackling criminal gangs.
I headed up the Child Protection Unit and led the Serious Crime Directorate at Scotland Yard.
(2) What do you feel are the policing priorities in our area?
Violent crime in Bedfordshire has more than doubled in the past seven years.
The plan we have at the moment simply is not working. Knife crime is an issue that has a personal impact on me.
While serving with the Police, I was stabbed in the line of duty. I know the impact this offence has on the victim of the crime; it is mentally and physically traumatic in the extreme.
Throwing money at these issue will not make them go away. We need policing that is integrated into our communities, with Officers that are relatable and accessible.
(3) What initiatives would you seek to implement if elected on 6th May?
– We need to unite behind tackling County Lines, so that everyone (from corner shop owners, to train station staff, to teachers) know how to spot the early signs of exploitation and how to notify the authorities quickly.
– I will launch a ‘Shop Watch’ policy that works with local business owners to communicate with the police more effectively- and protect our high streets as they look to recover after the pandemic.
– Coupled with a ‘Burglary Reduction Action Plan’- we can prevent, protect and prosecute those responsible.
(4) What skills/experience would you look to bring to the role?
I was Police Officer for over 30 years. I was a Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard.
I have experience of investigating serious criminal offences, coordinating police teams, planning strategy and tackling Serious Organised Crime. I was the head of the Child Protection Unit and the Serious Crime Directorate.
I am proud to have been the first black police officer to serve in my borough and to have founded the Black Police Association.