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In conversation with Bedfordshire PCC Festus Akinbusoye (Part 2)

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Festus Akinbusoye is a British Conservative Party politician who was elected Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in the 2021 PCC elections.

He is the first black Briton elected to this role. In this second part of an exclusive three part interview (recorded on a poor internet connection), he tells PolicingTV’s Bernard Rix about his and fellow PCCs’ roles in selecting Chief Constables for the forces they oversee, and holding those Chief Constables to account.

He talks in detail about the importance of the relationship between PCC and Chief Constable, and how that relationship is key to force performance.

He speaks about the work of his own team, the Bedfordshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), and compares his and his OPCC’s work with the work of its predecessor, the Bedfordshire Police Authority.

Finally, he talks about what he feels he can bring to the Bedfordshire PCC role in the coming years, ahead of the PCC elections in May of this year – Festus has recently announced that he will be seeking a second term of office in those elections.

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