In 2021 Elections Will Be Held For A PCC - Find out More

  • On the 13 March 2020 the Government announced the postponement of all local, mayoral and PCC elections for one year due to Coronavirus. They will now take place in May 2021. 

May 2021 seems a distant date, but already candidates are jostling to position themselves. 

The first PCC elected for Bedfordshire was Labour's Olly Martins. Martins was defeated by the Conservative candidate, Kathryn Holloway, at the 2016 England and Wales police and crime commissioner elections.

Kathryn Holloway was expecting to stand down in May 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the government decided to postpone all PCC elections for one year, and so Holloway continued in her role. 

What is the role of the PCC?

There are 40 force areas across England and Wales. And every force area is represented by a PCC, except Greater Manchester and London, where PCC responsibilities lie with the Mayor.

The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. They are responsible for the totality of policing.

PCCs aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

PCCs have been elected by the public to hold Chief Constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

PCCs ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible, and are improving local relationships through building confidence and restoring trust. They work in partnership across a range of agencies at local and national level to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime.


Liberal Democrats - Jas Palmer
Jas Parmar is the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Bedfordshire police and crime commissioner election taking place in May next year. He is a former Metropolitan Police Officer and Bedford Borough councillor has lived in Bedfordshire for over 33 years. He has run several businesses and currently runs a Post Office in Kempston.

As the Liberal Democrat candidate, Jas doesn’t think that the role of a police and crime commissioner (PCC) has anything to do with which party they represent. 

He said, “I don’t think we should put too much emphasis on which party the candidate represents. What we should be thinking about is what exactly is a new PCC going to do and what qualities will that person bring to the role.”

“I’m going to engage with the public, I’m going to bring the public closer to the police. A PCC should be the voice of the people, my experience of running public facing businesses, such as my post office, means that I have the skills to understand the needs of all the communities that make up Bedfordshire.

“PCCs are the voice of the public and they can only be this voice if they engage with the public.”

For the last four years Jas has been a volunteer for the Independent Advisory Group to Bedfordshire Police. He said, “We [the advisory group] are not there just to criticise, we are there to support the police to make sure that they are supporting the community as well as they should.”

As a non-executive director of East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) covering mental health issues in Luton and Bedfordshire. Jas said, “This role made me aware of the mental health issues we face here in Bedfordshire. Mental health and policing are interlinked in many ways. Twenty percent of all the work the police does involves some element of mental health. The last thing I want is a police officer to come across somebody with mental health issues but without the training to deal with the situation.”

More information about Jas’s campaign can be found on his Facebook page Jas Parmar 4 PCC.

Conservatives - Festus Akinbusoye
Festus Akinbusoye is the Conservative Candidate for the May 2021 Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election. Find out more at:
Festus has set a number of campaign  pledges to residents:
 INVEST in number of police officers and retention of these officers for both our urban and rural areas.
 BE TOUGH on gun, gang, and knife crime as well as the causes of these.
 PLACE law-abiding citizens and victims of crime at the heart of our policing priorities.
 PROMOTE a multi-agency approach to crime prevention and tackling re-offending.
 DELIVER value for money and cut waste so that every penny goes towards cutting crime in Bedfordshire.

Labour  & English Democrats.
This election is postponed from 2020. These are the 5 candidates. Learn more here:

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