Olly Martins

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Commissioner Olly Martins
Commissioner Olly Martins.jpg
Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner
Assumed office
15 November 2012
Preceded by Office created
Personal details
Born 17 December 1969
Political party Labour Co-op
Residence Luton
Education Flegg High School
Alma mater University of Liverpool
Website http://www.ollymartins.org

Oliver James Martins(born 17 December 1969 in Cambridge) is the Labour and Co-operative Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

He is the first person to hold the post and was elected on 15 November 2012.[1] and took the Oath of office live on air at a local BBC radio station. He has pledged that his office and staff will be less expensive than the old police authority.
Olly Martins lives in the High Town area of Luton, Bedfordshire. Martins spent eight years working for Victim Support in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, first as a volunteer while at University and then as a service co-ordinator. He is a serving member in the Territorial Army and was mobilised as a United Nations peacekeeper to Cyprus UNFICYP in 2011.[2]

Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire[edit]

Commissioner Olly Martins was opposed to plans to outsource police services to G4S.[3] On 29 January it was announced that the G4S plan involving three police force, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire had been scrapped.[4]

Commissioner Martins reversed the planned scrapping of half the PCSOs in Bedfordshire.[5][6][7]

The BBC Politics Show East described him as by far the most radical Police Commissioner in the region.[8] He is calling for persistent offenders to be fitted with GPS tags on a compulsory basis so they can be tracked in real time.[9][10][11][12][13]

In May 2013 Commissioner Martins appointed Colette Paul QPM as the new Chief Constable for Bedfordshire.[14] Ms Paul was Deputy Chief Constable for South Wales police.[15][16] She has said about the Commissioner, "Olly Martins is committed to improving policing, as am I, so we have a good working relationship already." [17]

The Commissioner is aiming to double the number of Special Constables in the Bedfordshire Police force.[18] The roll-out of Body Worn Video (BWV) cameras for officers and PCSOs started in June 2013.[19] Public panels scrutinise the stop and search paperwork and video footage from police officers.[20] He is introducing high-tech tablet devices for Police officers as part as part of a drive to get them spending more time on the streets.[21] In 2014 Bedfordshire Police allowed The Garden Productions to make 24 Hours In Police Custody.a series for Channel 4 with hidden cameras in Luton Police station. The series received rave reviews. [22] [23] [24][25]

He was cleared by the CPS [26]after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission for releasing sensitive information regarding a death in police custody.[27]

The Result[edit]

Candidate Name Party First Preference Votes First Preference % Second Preference Votes Total Votes Total %
Olly Martins Labour Co-op 27,947 34% 3,332 55,958 63.54%
Jas Parmar Conservative 26,226 31.9% 1,629 32,100 36.46%
Linda Jack Liberal Democrat 11,205 13.6% N/A 11,205 N/A
Mez Rashid Independent 8,076 9.8% N/A 8,076 N/A
Kevin Carroll British Freedom Party 8,675 10.5% N/A 8,675 N/A

The far-right British Freedom Party is now defunct.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/BREAKING-NEWS-Two-candidates-left-in-PCC-race-20121116132212.htm
  2. ^ http://www.ollymartins.org/about.html
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-20347794
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-21246996
  5. ^ http://www.lutontoday.co.uk/news/local/olly-promises-to-save-pcsos-1-4745023?fb_action_ids=10151441694177534&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.UQ0z0QHw_V8.like&fb_source=timeline_og&action_object_map=%7B%2210151441694177534%22%3A139551216206532%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210151441694177534%22%3A%22og.likes%22%7D&action_ref_map=%7B%2210151441694177534%22%3A%22.UQ0z0QHw_V8.like%22%7D
  6. ^ http://www.heart.co.uk/bedford/news/local/police-community-support-officers-saved/
  7. ^ http://www.luton-dunstable.co.uk/News/PCC-to-learn-from-victim-experience-20130210123000.htm
  8. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b01qy59p/?t=38m03s
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-21620139
  10. ^ http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/Olly-rallies-the-troops-in-call-for-GPS-tagging-20130420100000.htm
  11. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10056556/Britains-young-sheriffs-are-growing-up-fast.html
  12. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/pccs-lead-calls-for-satellite-tags-on-offenders-8610099.html
  13. ^ http://www.luton-dunstable.co.uk/News/PCC-Olly-Martins-renews-his-appeal-for-compulsory-tagging-20130823090000.htm
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-22568946
  15. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/8420580.stm
  16. ^ http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/New-Chief-Constable-Colette-Paul-officially-joins-Bedfordshire-Police-20130702141714.htm
  17. ^ http://www.luton-dunstable.co.uk/News/Greater-openness-and-fewer-crimes-20130712181845.htm
  18. ^ http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/News/PCC-pledge-to-double-the-number-of-Special-Constables-working-for-Bedfordshire-Police-20130726090000.htm
  19. ^ http://www.bedfordshire.pcc.police.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/160-Body-worn-video-bid-win.pdf
  20. ^ http://www.bedfordtoday.co.uk/news/local/crime-commissioner-praises-force-for-being-open-and-transparent-1-6440232
  21. ^ http://www.luton-dunstable.co.uk/Bedfordshire-Police-bobbies-hi-tech-beat/story-23860521-detail/story.html
  22. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/sep/30/24-hours-police-custody-review
  23. ^ http://www.bedfordshire-news.co.uk/PREVIEW-24-Hours-Police-Custody-episode-focuses/story-24507755-detail/story.html
  24. ^ http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/24-hours-police-custody-tackles-4469865
  25. ^ http://www.theartsdesk.com/tv/24-hours-police-custody-channel-4
  26. ^ http://www.thecomet.net/news/bedfordshire_pcc_olly_martins_faces_no_criminal_charges_following_investigation_1_3775045
  27. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-26082123