Tories choose Mark to contest police election
AN ARMY veteran and serving councillor has been selected as the Conservative candidate to be the next Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner.
Mark Shelford joined the Army in 1981 and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2013, when he returned to Bath to set up a company specialising in training and simulation.
A Bath & North East Somerset councillor, he is also a member of the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Panel, serving as chairman of the complaints committee, and the Avon Fire Authority.
Mark will contest the next PCC election in May of next year, aiming to take the role, which involves setting the strategic direction and budget for policing, from Independent Sue Mountstevens.
He said his focus would include combatting drugs and rural crime, supporting vulnerable people and building closer links with hard-to-reach groups.
Mark said: “The Conservatives are the party of law and order and I’ll be doing everything I can to work with the police, government and other partners to tackle crime and keep people safe.
“Local people are asking for more visible policing and it’s time for a change.
“As a retired Army officer, I have a good understanding of the challenges in protecting the public and property and am looking forward to supporting and championing the police in their work.”
Photo: Mark Shelford (front) with party members after being selected as the Conservative police and crime commissioner candidate for Avon and Somerset.