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Bedfordshire PCC candidate – Festus Akinbusoye, Conservatives

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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 Festus Akinbusoye, standing for the Conservative Party.

 


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(1) Please tell us a little about yourself.

Bedfordshire resident and company director employing fifty staff across the UK.

Dad to teenage children and currently sits on board of directors of a YMCA providing supported housing to vulnerable young people.

Former mentor to young offenders in prison, former Special Constable with Bedfordshire Police and former Board Member of a Further Education College.

 

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

a) Working with the government to address the outdated and unfair funding formula which means Bedfordshire is funded as a rural policing area while having the crime demands of a large urban area.

b) Retention of police officers in Bedfordshire Police.

c) Risk from growing organised crime gang activity and our focus on preventing harm to our most vulnerable residents.

 

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

a) Community based and community led policing.

b) Next Steps programme to tackle a major drain on police resources- namely alcohol and drug addiction.

c) Bedfordshire Youth First Initiative which will recruit 100 volunteer mentors for young people, paid internships for 17-21 year olds, support pathways for parents and guardians.

d) Live stream Strategic Board Meeting between PCC and Chief Constable with opportunity for residents to ask questions.

e) Police Contact Hubs to improve access to police services.

 

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

a) Strategic leadership experience from 20 years running a business.

b) Experience of policing in Bedfordshire as a Special Constable and firsthand understanding of the challenges facing our force.

c) knowledge of the criminal justice system as mentor to young offenders and Senior Parliamentary assistant to a former government minister.

d) proven business management experience, as well as contract negotiation, team management and regulatory compliance.

e) strong people skills and ability to bring people together, work under pressure and creative thinking to solving complex problems.

 

 

 

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