Adam Simmonds has today announced he will not be standing for re-election as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire when his term in office ends in May.
Mr Simmonds, who was voted in to office at the first Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November 2012 – said he is tremendously proud of the work he and his staff have completed on behalf of the public of Northamptonshire, across what he called “the most incredible journey and adventure”.
Explaining his reasons for choosing not to stand again in May, Mr Simmonds said that although his future role on leaving office is yet to be decided, he remains totally committed to public service and positively influencing the lives of others.
And although he will be standing down in seven months, Mr Simmonds assured the public that he will be giving his all across the remainder of his term to continue to deliver all that he promised he would.
“Being the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire has been the most incredible journey and adventure and one that I feel extremely fortunate and proud to have undertaken,” said Adam.
“It has been a privilege to serve the people of Northamptonshire, to engage with literally thousands of residents in the county and to have helped improve their public service.
“My fantastic team and I have led the way on national agendas, such as integrating Bluelight services in to a more singular organisation to make a more effective emergency service. We have set out a clear agenda for tackling child sexual exploitation, with more money and more people dedicated to protecting all our children, and have led the way on challenging the video and gaming industry about how it protects – and how it hasn’t properly protected – our young people. We have also worked with Northamptonshire Police to fundamentally reform police stop and search powers. It has been an honour to have been a national leader on these issues, and to have seen the progress made across the country and Northamptonshire as a result of our work.
“I’m proud to have actively engaged with so many people in Northamptonshire – over 18,000 at our last count – as part of our commitment to listen to the public to understand their needs. I’m similarly honoured to have helped create the likes of Voice, the county’s first integrated victims and witness service, as well as the first Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice – which will soon be the go-to organisation for innovation in public safety – and the country’s first Office for Faith Based Community Initiatives, which works with over twenty projects across different cultures and faiths and as a concept is set to be adopted elsewhere in the UK.
“During my time in office we have maintained police strength with a safeguarded total of 1,220 frontline officers and expect to have a Special Constabulary of 900 by the time I leave my post – I will be the only Police and Crime Commissioner to have put more warranted police officers on the streets during this period. Communities everywhere across our county will soon start to feel the benefit of having their own Parish Special Constable and for me this is one of the most exciting legacies of my time – putting citizens back in to the heart of policing. The Institute for Public Safety Crime and Justice is creating the first Centre for Citizens in Policing and I believe again what we are doing in Northamptonshire will lead the way.
“There is still much to be done, and we are fully focused on continuing our good work. We are working with the County Council to make improvements to highways and reduce speeds to make communities safer, and helping the police to bring down levels of violence in the county. My last seven months will be just as busy as the previous three years. There will be announcements on enforcement of road laws, we will be launching more services for victims and we will be setting out in more detail our plans for a strategic alliance between Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Police forces.
“My life’s work so far has been dedicated to helping people and improving the society we live in, and my passion for this remains unchanged. Although I am unsure what the future holds for me personally, I am determined to continue this work on leaving the role of Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire. My decision to not stand again is purely a personal one, enabling me to take up other opportunities and allowing the PCC model to refresh itself. Being Police and Crime Commissioner is all consuming and a 24/7 role; Northamptonshire will benefit from fresh eyes over the next four years.
“I have met thousands of people in the course of my work as Police and Crime Commissioner. I have worked closely with hundreds of police officers and a huge number of local, national and international organisations. I would like to thank them all for their contribution to helping to make Northamptonshire the safest place in England.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to my staff, who through their dedicated hard work, long hours and commitment continue to help make Northamptonshire a safer place. Above all I would like to thank the people of the county for allowing me this chance to serve them, and for being so supportive during my time in office.”
Timeline of Adam Simmonds’ time in office
- November 2012 – Elected as the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire
- May 2013 – Begins talks with Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service regarding closer working strategies
- September 2013 – Undertakes largest consultation of victims of crime in the UK
- April 2014 – Launches the Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice, a new organisation aimed at researching and implementing new ways of policing
- October 2014 – Following the 2013 consultation of victims of crime, launches Voice – a new victims and witnesses service for Northamptonshire
- January 2015 – Creates the UK’s first Office of Faith Based Community Initiatives, to support and enable organisations to identify local solutions to their community safety problems
- March 2015 – Consults 13,000 young people about online safety, the results of which lead the PCC to launch his 10-point pledge to tackle child sexual exploitation
- July 2015 – Begins tour of 100 Northamptonshire villages
- August 2015 – Announces plans for police to apologise to anyone who has been wrongly stopped and searched
- August 2015 – Sees Northamptonshire Police’s Special Constabulary reach a total of 500
- September 2015 – Identified by the Government as leading the way on the integration of Bluelight services, work which leads to consultation by the Home Office
- September 2015 – Reveals he will not stand for re-election in May 2016