Elections 2021: Who is standing for election as police and crime commissioner for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough?
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election will be held on May 6.
The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account. PCCs are elected every four years.
Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:
- secure an efficient and effective police for their area, appoint the chief constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them,
- set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan,
- set the force budget and determine the precept,
- contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary, and
- bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to make sure local priorities are joined up.
The former Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Police and Crime Commissioner Jason Ablewhite resigned in November 2019 following allegations relating to an exchange on social media.
Conservative Ray Bisby has been acting PCC since December 2019.
Darryl Preston, Conservative
Darryl Preston is a former senior police officer, who served for 10 years with the Metropolitan Police and 20 years in Cambridgeshire, in both uniformed and detective roles, of which he has fond memories of policing Cambridge city and in the county. Mr Preston and his family live in East Cambs.
He says he joined the police to catch criminals, help victims and keep people safe - and his motivation to be Police and Crime Commissioner is the same.
After retiring from the police force, Mr Preston became a senior official at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) in Westminster.
Nicky Massey, Labour
Councillor Nicky Massey is a domestic abuse survivor and campaigner, who is chair and host of domestic abuse forums and conferences. She currently represents Abbey ward on Cambridge City Council and is executive councillor for transport and community safety
She has been working in crime prevention and helped co-design the operation against county lines drug dealing – Op Carmel – as well as cycle prime prevention.
Cllr Massey says she is already a voice for community safety in Cambridge city and has a proven track record. She intends to be the voice of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to hold the police force to account.
Rupert Moss-Eccardt, Liberal Democrats
Rupert Moss-Eccardt is a security and policing professional, who currently provides cyber advice to UK police forces. He was part of the team that established the National Centre for Policing Excellence.
Mr Moss-Eccardt grew up in the Fens, before moving to Cambridge for work and now lives in Queen Adelaide with my wife.
He worked at “Centrex”, the predecessor to the National Policing Improvement Agency and is passionately for good policing and equally passionate against bad policing.
Sue Morris, Reform UK
Sue Morris, from Reform UK – formerly the Brexit Party – will also stand for election as police and crime commissioner.