Hardyal Dhindsa has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner elections today, Wednesday, following a ballot of eligible Derbyshire members after current PCC Alan Charles announced he would not be standing for re-selection.
Currently the deputy PCC for Derbyshire, Hardyal has promised to continue the ground-breaking work of Derbyshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles.
Speaking after the announcement, Hardyal said:
“I am honoured to have been selected to be the Labour candidate for the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner role.
“It has been a privilege to work with Alan over the last three years. I will continue to fight for a fair deal for Derbyshire against the current background of swingeing cuts to police by the Conservatives.
“Extreme government spending cuts have meant even deeper cuts to the police at a time when the threat from serious crime is growing. The cuts being imposed on Derbyshire Police by the Conservative government have seen police officer numbers fall to their lowest in a generation despite David Cameron’s promise to protect the frontline.
“I’ll be asking the Tory candidate how he thinks that cutting the number of police and support officers can possibly safeguard our county.
“If elected in May my experience as Alan’s deputy will mean I can hit the ground running and build upon what we’ve begun. The Police and Crime Commissioner’s role is to set the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan and enable the Chief Constable to deliver them, ensuring that other organisations in the criminal justice system and beyond work together to provide a comprehensive service for all our communities in Derbyshire. Partnership and collaborative working is key and my experience in this area over a range of successful projects during the last three years as Alan’s Deputy will give us a head start.
“Neighbourhood policing, targeted to areas of greatest need, a zero tolerance approach to privatisation and the effective and transparent use of our scarce resources – these are my priorities. But above all the safety of Derbyshire’s people will always be my greatest concern.”