Former Frome Mayor and town and district councillor, Bob Ashford, has been chosen as the Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset.
Until recently, he was the director of strategy at the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Here he worked with ministers, senior officials and stakeholders in the criminal justice world and managed a large commissioning budget. Nationally he has established thousands of successful crime prevention and restorative justice programmes, and programmes designed to target the most prolific and violent offenders involved in gang, knife and gun crime. He has also worked with victims, faith and community leaders to ensure their voices are heard at a national level. Internationally Bob worked at the Council of Europe and assisted other countries as diverse as Bulgaria and Canada to improve their criminal justice systems.
Born in Henbury in Bristol he spent his school years there and now lives in Frome. His working life has been spent in the public sector working in both urban and rural areas.
Bob said of his appointment, “I am delighted to be chosen as the Labour candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset and look forward to the campaign ahead.
“Everyone has the right to live in a peaceful and civilised community, protected by the police; if elected I will do all in my power to ensure that this is the case. To that end I am opposed to the privatisation of the police, which is being encouraged by the coalition government.
“When the public want to see a police officer they should get one, not an employee of a private security firm. Privatising policing not only poses a major threat to jobs and services but will also serve to undermine public confidence, the very foundation of an effective police force and policing.”