College governor set for deputy police commissioner role 


A governor of Luton Sixth Form College is set to become the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire.


Labour candidate Olly Martins became the county’s first PCC after winning last month’s election.

He has now proposed to appoint college independent governor and former student, Tafheen Sharif, as his deputy.

A lawyer by profession, Ms Sharif is also a Labour borough councillor in Luton, representing the Dallow ward. In February she was named Young Councillor of the Year by the Local Government Information Unit.

She will be working four days a week to support the commissioner in his duties.

Mr Martins has also chosen to appoint Home Office civil servant Simon Bullock as his assistant. Both will take up their posts if approved by the Police and Crime Panel, which has been set up to hold the commissioner to account.

Mr Martins said: “I am absolutely delighted to have two people of such high calibre at my side. They will help me strengthen the links between the people of Bedfordshire and the police, increasing my capacity to reach out to the whole of the county and our diverse communities.

“Tafheen was previously an executive member for community safety, bringing exactly the kind of in-depth knowledge that will be a great asset to the team as we address the wider issues of crime, disorder, community safety and partnership working.”

He added: “This is, I firmly believe, a great step forward in our determination to make Bedfordshire a safer place to live and work.”

Picture: From left, Tafheen Sharif, Olly Martins and Simon Bullock