Police commissioner vows to prioritise safeguarding Northamptonshire's children during second term
I’d like to thank the people who have put their trust in me and recognised just how far we have come in improving policing and fire services in Northamptonshire"
Stephen Mold has been elected for a second term as Northamptonshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
At the election count today (Monday 10 May), Stephen beat three candidates to be returned as Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for a further three years.
The position, which aims to ensure the policing needs of the county are met as effectively as possible, has been held by Mr Mold since 2016. His first term lasted one year longer than usual after the election last year waas postponed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Following the result today, Mr Mold thanked the public for their vote of confidence in the work and there is "more still to be done".
He said: “I’d like to thank the people who have put their trust in me and recognised just how far we have come in improving policing and fire services in Northamptonshire.
"It’s the quality of the service we provide that really matters to people, and the way that we focus on their priorities so that police and fire services are fundamentally grounded in the communities they serve. Almost one third of Northamptonshire Police officers have served for less than four years, and I want to see them embedded to become fully experienced officers who will make a major difference to the safety of the county.”
The Conservative candidate took a whopping 53 per cent of the votes with a 49,000 majority when results were declared after today's count.
That compares to the results five years ago when Mr Mold polled 58,175 votes in the final round of counting to beat Labour's Kevin McKeever by less than 10,000 after the UKIP candidate, Sam Watts, was ruled out following the first round of voting.
At today's, Mr Mold said he would work to prioritise safeguarding children and young people and to ensure that their lives are not blighted by crime.
He added that the establishment of the two new unitary authorities for Northamptonshire offers a unique opportunity.
He said: "This is a huge moment when we can all take a pause, refocus our efforts across the two new authorities, police and fire to intervene early to protect children and prevent them falling into or becoming a victim of crime. Tackling domestic violence is a significant part of that. This is an investment in the future of young people that ultimately reduces demand and makes us all safer.
“I want to thank and pay tribute to the police officers, firefighters and staff who have worked hard to deliver and improve our vital emergency services. It has been a privilege to work alongside them and an honour to be able to support them to do even better for the public they serve over the next three years.”