Kathryn Holloway Bedfordshire's PCC to stand down at the end of her term Image: Bedfordshire PCC Office

Commissioner Holloway said that the role shouldn’t be for life

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Kathryn Holloway, has announced that she is to step aside as the county’s PCC after four years in the role.

The announcement comes in the month Commissioner Holloway achieved her ambition to set up a new Sexual Assaults Referral Centre (SARC). Launched on 10 February 2020, the SARC is outside a hospital setting for the first time in Bedfordshire.

At the time, Commissioner Holloway said that she was more proud of the SARC than anything else she had achieved her four-year term as PCC.

Commissioner Holloway said:

“I think it’s always a good idea to quit while you’re ahead and I’m more proud of what’s been achieved on behalf on Bedfordshire Police, which deserved someone to fight its corner and to do so with the gloves off, than of anything I’ve ever done in the workplace in 37 years.

“I’m expecting a second Special Grant once more this year – any day in fact – and have it in writing from our current Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse, and his predecessor that this is guaranteed. I’ve waited as long as I can before the selection process for a candidate to replace me in Bedfordshire to make this announcement but, as it takes place on Saturday (29 February 2020), it’s time to break my silence.”

Commissioner Holloway added that the whole idea of PCCs was that it shouldn’t be a job for life. But that people with specific, proven experience should come into policing and invest those skills before moving on to allow someone else to arrive to bring in a whole new range of skills.

“I stood as PCC because I felt that the message about Bedfordshire Police’s absolutely genuine level of need, due to its historically inadequate share of national police funding under every government of every shade, needed to be presented differently, with proper evidence and someone telling it like it is.”

Also this month, the force was rated as ‘good’ by the police watchdog. Bedfordshire’s Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMI) Matt Parr said:

“Two or three years ago Bedfordshire Police was languishing with some pretty poor grades from (the) Inspectorate: they’ve absolutely turned it around.

“I think we don’t often say this but genuine credit to both the former and current Chief Constable and to the Police and Crime Commissioner who’s presided over a big turnaround.”

Bedfordshire’s Chief Constable, Garry Forsyth said:

“Kathryn has worked tirelessly with passion and commitment for the public she was elected to represent and with the core values that drive her so strongly combined with her genuine care and compassion for the workforce she has made a real difference in the role.

“I and my colleagues wish her every success in her future ventures.”

PCC election in May

A poll for the election of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will take place on Thursday, 7 May 2020. Luton Borough Council is the designated PARO (Police Area Returning Officer) for this election. The count will take place on 11 May 2020.

All nominations must be delivered to the PARO in accordance with the timetable for this election.

If you are interested in standing as a candidate for this election you can find out more information and download nomination forms from the Electoral Commission.

Nominations

For candidates and agents, please note there are two briefing sessions:

  • Thursday 5 March 2020 at 4pm (pre-nomination briefing)
  • Thursday 16 April 2020 at 6pm (after close of nominations)

A PCC nomination pack can be downloaded here.