Saundra Glenn is the fifth candidate to announce she is standing for an election to a new role overseeing policing across Bedfordshire - but she is the first who is not a member of a political party.
Ms Glenn has been chairman of the Independent Advisory Group to Bedfordshire Police for the last three years, and has been a member of the group for nine years.
She says that experience would be ideal in the new role, where she would be responsible for scrutinising policing across Bedfordshire.
Ms Glenn said: “In my current role I have seen how the role of policing is seen, both by the police and by members of the public. And our group has an important role to play in feeding that back to the police.
“I have had first-hand knowledge of the improvements that have been made in recent years, and how it feels for officers on the beat.
“My role involves speaking to officers three or four times a week. And with incidents such as the murder of Delaney Brown earlier this month I have been working for around 20 hours a week on it.”
Ms Glenn was born in Luton and now lives in Dunstable. She is also based in Luton for her other main role, running the Bedfordshire Social Enterprise Network from the Hat Factory.
As an independent candidate she is setting up a scheme where 100 people can pledge £50 each to pay for her election deposit, and she is also setting up a scheme so that people can donate smaller amounts for the campaign.
She said: “I believe that this should be an independent job, and should be held by a person who can help the police and liaise with the public without worrying about what a political party.
“Every time a political party decides to do something it impacts upon local police officers.
“At the moment I believe that police morale is at an all-time low. I want to change that, and I want to change how police are perceived in our county.”
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