Leicestershire and Rutland’s first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sir Clive Loader has revealed he will not be seeking re-election in May 2016.
In a short statement at the Police and Crime Panel meeting today (Friday, July 17) he said he’d already informed the Conservative Party of his decision.
Sir Clive, who retired from the RAF as Air Chief Marshal in 2009, explained that despite the immense enjoyment and reward he gains from the job he had always seen his role as an elected PCC as something akin to a ‘last tour of duty’.
He said: “For various reasons, not least personal and family-related, this is the right, albeit difficult, decision. With just under a year before the next elections, it’s only fair that I make that decision known so that another candidate can be selected.
“My enthusiasm and commitment for the role is undiminished and I hope I can now concentrate on the things that still need to be done until the day that I hand over to my successor, whoever that may be.”
Sir Clive said that he set out to support the excellent work of Leicestershire Police and to challenge the force and local partner agencies to do better when failings or legitimate concerns were identified.
He said: “I made it abundantly clear from the outset that I was seeking outcomes, not promises, and since then we have delivered tangible, and sustainable, improvements.
“Today my office is providing more money in grants and commissioning activity than any other PCC in the country, bar one, in support of the outcomes set out in my Police and Crime Plan. It is an incontrovertible fact that recorded crime is down, aided by a 50 per cent reduction in youth offending and reoffending.
“Our pioneering Youth Commission is delivering demonstrable outcomes and earlier this year I made an additional £2m of funding available to tackle some of the most insidious crimes that affect young people, including child sexual exploitation and cyber-crime.”
He added: “Our far-reaching Change Programme, introduced earlier this year, is already delivering operational and financial efficiencies and our work with other forces in the region and local partners is gathering even greater momentum.
“And, this October, we will launch Victim First - the new integrated service for victims and witnesses which will support those in need through the criminal justice system.
“There is a mutually-supportive role with the Chief Constable’s office - a relationship which plays an increasingly powerful part in keeping communities safe and protecting the vulnerable while simultaneously managing the big reductions in funding. “That this approach is working well is verified by the reported increase in public confidence and satisfaction. Of all this - and so much more that my office has done - I am extremely proud.”