a FORMER police officer has joined the race to become South Yorkshire’s first police and crime commissioner.
Nigel Bonson, who served with Greater Manchester Police for 30 years and rose to the rank of chief inspector, is now a member of the Parole Board, which looks at whether it is safe for prisoners to be released into the community.
He has been selected as Conservative candidate to stand in next month’s election for the post, which will see the county’s Police Authority replaced by one person with responsibility for holding South Yorkshire Police and its chief constable to account.
Mr Bonson, pictured right, has also worked as a trainer with The National Police Improvement Agency and as a neighbourhood renewal advisor supporting local partnerships in regeneration and crime reduction.
He said: “The role of commissioner is not party political. I will be signing an oath of impartiality which guarantees I will not be influenced by Government, Opposition parties or the unions.
“This is a unique chance to improve our police force on behalf of the people it serves.
“I will, of course, fight for budgets that allow the police force to be of maximum effect in reducing crime. In return I will expect the police force to deliver on that.
“Many candidates talk of returning officers to ‘frontline policing,’ These are empty words unless you have the ability to identify exactly what that frontline is and the bravery to say what it is not.
“I have the skills and experience to work with the public, the police and their partners to identify and prioritise exactly where our resources are most needed and I have the courage to take decisions which ensure they get there.
“My aim will be giving safety back to the public by giving strength back to the force.”