With six months to go a former TV journalist has announced she is standing for the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election in May next year.
Kathryn Holloway, who lives in Ravensden, was selected as the Conservative Party candidate at a meeting on Saturday (October 10).
In the weeks leading to her selection, she joined officers responding to 999 calls in the county to gain a greater understanding of the issues faced by the force.
She said: “I could not take up this challenge and look police officers in the eye without getting out on the front line to see exactly what they are facing in Bedford and I could not have more respect for them as a result.
“I believe many people who work and shop in Bedford during the day would not recognise the area late at night and in the early hours of the morning. I saw officers face tirades of abuse, attempted assaults, drunkenness and threats of trumped up accusations of misconduct, all with almost unbelievable levels of calm professionalism and tolerance.”
She added: “I want to be a Commissioner for both the public and police. I want to build respect for the incredible work police do at a time of pressure on funds and staffing, and to give them the maximum level of support I can.”
Kathryn’s media experience speaks for itself - she has written for the national press, and presented for Sky News, LBC, and TV AM, where she was one of the first reporters sent to the scene of the Locherbie bombing.
But she also has exeperience working with the police, advising Chief Constables and forces during high profile cases such as the Harold Shipman and Soham murder trials, and as Associate Director of the Cabinet Office’s Emergency Planning College.
She said she believes Bedfordshire requires a “hands-on, passionate advocate” as PCC, and has been following the forces’ financial issues.
“I may not be PCC, and may only have been on the case for 48 hours as a challenger, but the police and people of Bedfordshire can rest assured I am already working hard with the county’s four Conservative MPs to do all we can to represent them before consultation ends on October 30.
“When it comes to belt tightening I firmly believe it should start at home where the PCC is concerned, in the back room rather than on the front line.”