The Labour Party announce David Michael as their candidate to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, in the election due to be held in May 2021.
David Michael, who has two grown up daughters, is from Luton.
David had a 30 year career in frontline policing, serving in the Metropolitan Police Service and promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He was also a Team Leader in the Serious Crime Directorate at Scotland Yard.
He served as an elected Labour Councillor in Lewisham and was Chair of the Safer Stronger Communities Select Committee and Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee.
Since his retirement from the Metropolitan Police, David has been involved in a several community, voluntary and charitable groups including, cancer awareness organisations and organisations involved in honouring Police Officers killed in the line of duty. He was Chair of a Community Police Engagement Group for several years.
David was awarded an MBE in 2020 for services to the community.
David Michael said:
“I’m delighted to be Labour’s candidate to be the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, the County I grew up in.
“As a Police Officer for 30 years and former Detective Chief Inspector, I know what it takes to keep our communities safe.
“For too long, both our Police Officers and members of the public have been let down. If I’m elected, I will work tirelessly to ensure Bedfordshire gets the frontline resources we need to keep our streets and communities safe.
“As a Police and Crime Commissioner, my key priorities will be tackling violent crime and county lines, ensuring greater levels of support for the victims of crime and also making sure our Police Officers are given effective support and resources they need to get the job done.”
Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party said:
“David has over 30 years’ experience protecting the public and keeping our streets safe.
“After such a distinguished career in frontline policing, I know that David has the experience and insight needed to take on the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in Bedfordshire.”