Mike Pannett author, local business owner, former police officer and Patron of Yorkshire has announced he is standing for Police and Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire.
Mike Pannett is North Yorkshire born and bred and not affiliated to any political party and believes that a Police and Crime Commissioner should be entirely locally independent and unencumbered from any political allegiance or influence.
A Police and Crime Commissioner is entrusted by the public to hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of policing.
To do this credibly it is an advantage to have an in depth knowledge and understanding of policing.
This will support their judgement and provide them with the insight to effectively challenge the Chief Constable on behalf of the public.
In his view the past four years of government cuts, together with poor local decision making has been a disaster for policing North Yorkshire.
It has, in his opinion, led to the reduced visible presence of police officers, the inefficient and negligent use of public money and a critical reduction in public confidence of our police and the role of the PCC.
The reason I am standing is because I care passionately about safeguarding my county and our police service.
As North Yorkshire’s Independent Police and Crime Commissioner I will bring a local approach to policing priorities and focus on the real issues and concerns of the communities who live here.
As an Independent PCC with an instinctive understanding of policing only I can provide the service you deserve, free from political spin and partisan agenda. Please help me to make policing work again in North Yorkshire.
Use your vote on 5th of May to keep politics out of policing.
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