Howden and Howdenshire Branch Labour Party have become the latest organisation to endorse Keith Hunter as their favoured candidate to take the Labour nomination in the race to become Humberside’s first elected Police and Crime Commissioner.
The people of Humberside will go to the polls in November in what is seen as a key role in improving policing and crime policy across the region. The Commissioner will be in charge of a multi million pound budget as well as being responsible for hiring and monitoring the performance of the Chief Constable and the Humberside Police Service as a whole.
“Keith Hunter’s experience is second to none”, said local Howden Labour Party Chair Colin Turner. “As a former divisional Commander in Hull, Keith not only managed a £35 million budget but achieved a remarkable and nationally praised fall of 40% in crime levels during his period in charge. Despite the economic and social challenges that faced his division, Keith’s calm but decisive leadership led to his area becoming a safer place for everyone in the community”.
Howden and Howdenshire Labour Party Secretary Mike Whitley said, “Members were encouraged by his experience of policing, and passion for community engagement within Howdenshire and the wider Humberside area. With unrivalled knowledge of the criminal justice arena and a record of success and delivery across the whole Humberside area, Keith has all the relevant merits to make an excellent Police and Crime Commissioner.”
Mr. Whitley confirmed that he would be writing to Labour’s NEC on behalf of the Branch to endorse Keith Hunter’s application.