Jason Ablewhite was elected Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire on 05 May 2016 and started the role on 12 May 2016.
With a career background in sales and senior management in the food sector, Jason retired in 2015 to concentrate on local politics. He has a strong sense of public service, having served as a District Councillor in St Ives for 16 years, and spent the last five years as Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council. He also served as Mayor of St Ives in 2005.
He chaired the East of England Local Government Association and is an Executive Board member of the National Local Government Association.
Until recently, Jason was chair of the Police and Crime Panel for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
Jason has lived in Cambridgeshire all his life, growing up in Bar Hill and Dry Drayton and has lived in St Ives since 1992 with his wife Annette and two sons.
As Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason currently chairs the following:
- Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Countywide Community Safety Partnership
- Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Criminal Justice Board
- Chairman of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Constabularies Strategic Alliance
- Chairman of the Seven Force Oversight Group
- Chairman of the Policing National Commercial Board
Under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, PCCs must:
- secure an efficient and effective police for their area;
- appoint the Chief Constable, hold them to account for running the force, and if necessary dismiss them;
- set the police and crime objectives for their area through a police and crime plan;
- set the force budget and determine the precept;
- contribute to the national and international policing capabilities set out by the Home Secretary; and
- bring together community safety and criminal justice partners, to
- make sure local priorities are joined up.
- More detailed information on PCC powers and responsibilities is also available here on the Home Office website.