Darren Jaundrill announced on 10 April 2012 his intention to stand in the forthcoming elections for the Police & Crime Commissioner in Thames Valley. Darren, who is a former West Midlands Police Officer of just under four years, said “The role of Police & Crime Commissioner is arguably the biggest change to the Police Service in recent history. It appeals to my passion for public service and it’s time for me to step up to the mark”.
Following his Police Service, Darren worked as a management consultant where he was able to work within an international development Team of a FTSE100 company and then on a number of high value improvement projects in the hospitality industry. For the past three years, Darren has been working within performance and strategy in the railway industry. Darren says, “The devolution of accountability, organisational change and strategy is something I am not just familiar with but have managed in my current role. The parallels between what I have been doing professionally for the past three years and the role of Police & Crime Commissioner are clear and give me an edge perhaps others would not have.”
Darren is a keen charity and voluntary worker. More recently, Darren has embarked on a challenge to swim all of the UK coastal channels in aid of the military charities. Darren says about this “Charity is at my core. That sense of social responsibility, of community, now that is special and needs to be encouraged”.
Academically, Darren is undergoing his doctoral study upon organisational behaviour. His study entitled “Greater Expectations” is due for publication near the end of 2012.
In closing and with a smile Darren said to me “I am young, driven and committed to doing whatever I can to make things better. This is an opportunity to bring to bear all of my experience for the benefit of the people in Thames Valley. It is about understanding the institution and contrasting it with the people for which it serves. It is about making an accessible criminal justice system; protecting and supporting victims. But more importantly it is about remembering that the people of Thames Valley will elect someone to work for them on their behalf. They can be sure that if I am that person, I will work tirelessly to make them feel safe in their daily lives, engaged with their criminal justice system and proud of their communities.”
Darren has published a ten point plan to start the debate and to begin the process of engagement on the run up to the elections – see his website.