Conservative party members have selected Festus Akinbusoye as their candidate for the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election which takes place on Thursday 7 May 2020.
Festus, who grew up on a council estate in East London, lives in the county and runs his own business employing 60 people.
He has mentored young offenders, was a Parish Councillor, sat on the board of a Further Education College and is currently a board member of a successful YMCA.
He was selected by Bedfordshire Conservative party members on Saturday (29 February).
His campaign will focus on building on the successes of the last four years under the leadership of Conservative PCC, Kathryn Holloway who is stepping down.
“I am honoured to be selected as the Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for Bedfordshire,” said Festus.
“Residents and business owners deserve to feel safe here in Bedfordshire. I want to boost the number of community based police officers in both our rural and urban communities, be tough on gun, gang and knife crime and the causes of these; and increase investment in support services available to victims of crime.
“As Police and Crime Commissioner, I will be ambitious for us to become an outstanding policing area, delivering a safer Bedfordshire for all our residents and businesses.
“This Conservative Government is committed to strengthening the police force with plans to recruit 20,000 extra officers.
“I now want to make sure that we get our fair share of these new officers here in Bedfordshire.”