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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.

Patrick Hamill

I am standing as an independent candidate for Bedfordshire Police & Crime Commissioner because I believe our policing should be free from party politics. As an independent, I can truly represent the views of all communities without fear or favour.

I have been a resident of Bedfordshire for 59yrs which includes leading campaigns successfully. I have also assisted freely with those unfairly treated in the work place and, with favourable outcomes.

One of my family members is a serving police officer of 21 years.

I believe my own personal commitment to public services over the last 36 years, including the Mayor of Houghton Regis and the Chairman of South Bedfordshire District Council, puts me in a great position to improve the way we are policed.

I recognise our frontline police officers do a fantastic job, but I also understand the public concerns. You have told me that police officers need to be more visible in the community, so I intend to address this issue and the need for more local police stations/hubs.

Gangs, knife and gun crimes, burglaries, people trafficking, sexual exploitation, grooming gangs, modern day slavery, rape, domestic violence and murders are serious matters but low-level crimes such as dog napping, fly-tipping and burglaries also need to be tackled.

Like you, I want a police force that is respected throughout Bedfordshire, a police force who`s resources are fairly distributed across the county and a police force that puts the public at the heart of everything it does.

If elected as your PCC, I will do my utmost to bring about a different approach to policing, from Bedford to Luton, from Leighton Buzzard to Biggleswade and everywhere in between.

This statement was prepared by Patrick Shaun Christopher Hamill, 1 Park Avenue, Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, LU5 5EA as the Agent and Candidate.

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