Philip Allot is standing on behalf of the Conservative Party, Alison Hume the Labour Party and James Barker the Liberal Democrats.
Keith Tordoff said:
The role needs to free of any political party affiliations. Being represented on behalf of a party means that as commissioner they also answers to the party, so that creates an imbalance in undertaking the role.
It’s a role that broadly sits between the police and the public, but it is a role that is not clearly understood by the public.
But a political candidate will always work along party-lines, and that isn’t what the role needs – I will deliver based on what is right for the police and for the public.
He started his career with West Yorkshire Police in the 1970’s and over a 20-year career served as a beat officer, CID, firearms and on the Peter Sutcliffe serial killer case. He left with exemplary service record and took a roll with the Bank of Scotland, working to stop fraud. That was a roll that lasted 10-years. Many will know him for the sweet shop in Pateley Bridge, a business that was initially run by his wife.
We bought the sweet shop 20-years ago and developed the business from a small sweet shop to a busy shop and a strong online brand.
I don’t think a PFCC has to have a policing background, but having that understanding is extremely helpful, but the role also needs business skills aswell.
It’s wrong to over-promise plans as to what you would do if elected, you really need to be in-post to fully understand what is possible and I would aim to put a plan out with the first 60-days of being in office.
Keith Tordoff has published a manifesto, but is particularly concerned around police numbers and the loss of many buildings in the police estate. The reduction of
Talking about the buildings estate and resource, Keith Tordoff said:
Resources and training are of course a vital part of an organisation such as North Yorkshire Police.
In England we have seen a reduction of 20,000 officers and 23,000 support staff since 2010. Although we are now seeing a recruitment drive, it is likely that we have lost many of the more experienced officers, those that have a deep understanding of the role. There is a risk that we will have those recruited won’t have sufficient experience.
Everything needs to be looked at afresh as we are playing catch-up on police numbers.
Crime Commissioner elections will take place on the 6 May 2021.