In the second of a series of profiles on Police and Crime Commissioner candidates, British Freedom Party candidate Kevin Carroll outlines why he is right for the role.
“I want to be the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner because I am the right man for the job. I’m local born and bred and passionate about my county and its people. My family all live here, it’s where my heart is.
“I am heavily involved with the community and always fighting someone’s corner, seeing that justice is done. I do a lot of work with local youth getting them off the streets and into boxing gyms, which is perfect for teaching self-respect and respect for others.
“Good discipline is crucial in keeping young people away from crime. We have to remember that the young are not the enemy, they are our children and grandchildren, and they need guidance, mentoring and most importantly hope.
“With all the ongoing problems in Bedfordshire the last thing the people need is another job-seeking career politician. I may be just a humble carpenter but I’m a resilient and formidable individual, strong-minded and focused. This will enable me to take on the job of representing the people of Bedfordshire in holding the police to account.
“I never shy away from hard decisions. If there is a problem, I find a solution. I am a real ‘grab the bull by the horns and get the job done’ type of fellow.
“My one overriding instinct is to protect and safeguard our children’s and grandchildren’s futures, to give them the safest and most prosperous environment possible. For this to be accomplished the people don’t need weak career politicians, they need a Mayor Giuliani type like me.
“My home is Luton, which I love dearly. I’m very well known there and it’s common knowledge how outspoken I am against terrorism and extremism. I simply will not tolerate them.
“I also believe that anyone caught carrying a knife should go to jail; zero tolerance should be shown in this matter.
I” intend to ensure that there is fair policing, a level playing field no matter what your race or religion; liberty for all, special privileges for none.
“I despise bullying and injustice, both of which I will tackle robustly if elected.
“There are lots of issues that affect the honest, hard working Joe and his family that need to be addressed, and I intend to do just that.
“I promise the people of Bedfordshire this: I will not let you down, I will not fail you.”