Three schools heading to Westminster for debating competition final

PCC with students at the schools debate

Three schools are on their way to Westminster after reaching the final of a debating competition run by Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. Students from Bedford Modern School, Stockwood Park Academy and Sandy Secondary school impressed the judges at Bedfordshire Police headquarters this week to earn their place in the final of the countywide tournament. […]

Deputy PCC leads joint pledge to crackdown on rural crime

DPCC with rural crime team and National Farmers Union (NFU)

Bedfordshire’s new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has pledged to tackle crimes like fly tipping, theft from farms and hare coursing in a meeting with the county’s farming community. Ian Dalgarno joined Bedfordshire Police’s Deputy Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic, rural crime team and National Farmers Union (NFU) forthcoming county chairman Freya Morgan. The meeting saw […]

New Deputy PCC carries out first council visit

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Dalgarno with Police and staff in Shefford

The county’s new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner has started his new role with a visit to town councillors in Sandy. Deputy Commissioner Ian Dalgarno has been confirmed in post after the decision was ratified by the commissioner Festus Akinbusoye as well as the county’s police and crime panel. The Deputy Commissioner will lead on […]

Commissioner calls on MPs to help police officers get back to policing

Festus at home affairs select committee

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Festus Akinbusoye called on MPs to help police officers get back to policing during evidence to a parliamentary enquiry. Mr Akinbusoye said cuts to other services had placed “unsustainable” additional demand on officers to take on “non-police police jobs” such as dealing with mental health crises, during his wide-ranging evidence to MPs […]

Police and crime commissioner nominates deputy

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ian Dalgarno

An experienced local councillor has been put forward to be the new Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire. Ian Dalgarno has been nominated by PCC Festus Akinbusoye for the role, which will assist the commissioner in holding senior officers in Bedfordshire to account and delivery of his police and crime plan. The county’s police […]

Bedfordshire PCC launches second public survey

PCC Festus Akinbusoye - closeup

Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye, has launched his second annual survey for residents across the county to have their say on local policing. The survey, which launches today (Tuesday), gives residents an opportunity to offer feedback on their views and experiences of different aspects across Bedfordshire Police. This includes views on local priorities […]

PCC launches second schools debating competition

PCC Akinbusoye with students at the Schools Debate Competition

Bedfordshire pupils will have the chance to test their debating skills at Westminster as Bedfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Festus Akinbusoye, launches his second annual Schools’ Debating Competition. The finalists of this year’s competition will compete in the prestigious Grand Committee Room at the Houses of Parliament in front of an impressive judging panel. The […]

New report shines a spotlight on ‘fantastic support’ from Independent Custody Visitors

Bedfordshire Police Kempston Custody Block Building

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Festus Akinbusoye has thanked local volunteers for their work inspecting police custody facilities in the county. A report released last week by the commissioner’s office highlights the work of the independent custody visitors in Bedfordshire over the past 12 months. Independent custody visitors are members of the local community who, […]

Town and parish councillors have their say on policing in Bedfordshire

Festus Akinbusoye addresses the annual parish conference

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Festus Akinbusoye has thanked dozens of town and parish councillors from across the county for having their say on the county’s police service. More than 40 councillors and council clerks attended the commissioner’s annual parish conference last week to make their representations on behalf of local residents. Topics raised at […]