Police & Crime Panel – Press Release

PRESS STATEMENT – NOW RELEASED

Members of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel have voted to appoint Councillor Ray Bisby to the role of acting Police and Crime Commissioner.

An extraordinary meeting of the panel took place today (Wednesday 27 November 2019) at Peterborough Town Hall, to appoint an acting Police and Crime Commissioner. It followed the resignation of Jason Ablewhite as Police and Crime Commissioner on Monday 11 November 2019.

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 requires Police and Crime Panels to appoint an acting commissioner when there is a vacancy that will not be filled by an election.

Edward Leigh, the independent co-opted Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Panel, said: “We wish Councillor Bisby well in this new role and look forward to working with him over the next five months.

“We will support Councillor Bisby in stepping up to this role and leading the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner until an election is held in May 2020. The role of the Police and Crime Panel is to constructively challenge and scrutinise the Police and Crime Commissioner and we will continue to do this going forward.”