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.

Updated January 8th 2021
Labour - David Michael MBE,  A highly accomplished former police officer with over 30 years' experience. Facebook Page -

Updated 17 February 2021
Patrick Hamill, Independent 
“At the time of this post I am the only non political free thinking Independent candidate standing in the forthcoming PCC election on May 6th.

“I am committed to ensuring that YOU, the public has the representation and service you all deserve.
Having so far given 35yrs of service to my town in the way of being a Councillor, Town Mayor, Chairman of a District Council, Leader of a Council, alongside raising funds for local needy charities.  Campaigning for the first Nat West Bank successfully to be re-opened in the country and fighting for a Community Club re-opening which gave many more years of enjoyment for local members and residents. Raised funds for the Memorial Stone along with my wife and the late Stephen Howell, and Help For Hero's amongst other charitable causes that are close to my heart. 

“In the work place I have helped those with my vast union background receive awards in their thousands and in one case I got there Job back as well as the compensation.  This was all done in my free time without charge. 

“I can honestly state that you have a fighter in me that will break down barriers so the public benefit when it comes to Policing in Bedfordshire.

“I fully understand that I do not have a say in operational matters but I do understand many of you feel cheated when it come to policing our Towns & villages.

“I will do all that it takes to lobby government if I believe laws need changing to not only protect our serving officers but also YOU the general public.

“I believe in applying the law across all communities without prejudice.  Where I see an injustice I shall challenge that injustice. 

“I fully support our Police Force but any shortfalls in policing Bedfordshire I will bring to the Chief Constable attention and look for change. 

“If elected I will review budgets, understand more about operational matters and see where we as a Police Force can engage better with the public for starters.

“I am very outspoken and I will continue in that vein until your voice is heard. I know no other way.
A vote for an Independent means for the first time you will not have a politically motivated PCC after all it is not a political role.

“Real change is in your hands. Make your vote count!“

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