A former high-ranking Warwickshire police officer, who led on the introduction of safer neighbourhood teams in the county, is standing as an independent candidate in the forthcoming election for Police and Crime Commissioner.

Former chief superintendent David Whitehouse from Princethorpe, served with Warwickshire for more than 35 years, working across all five boroughs and districts and gaining in-depth knowledge and experience of policing the county.

As a senior manager within the force, Mr Whitehouse was responsible for resource and finance planning and acted as a key spokesperson for operational policing issues, dealing with both the public and the media on a regular basis.

In a strategic capacity, David introduced a structure of safer neighbourhood teams who worked closely with their communities, addressing issues of local concern. His last position within the force was as head of community safety where he worked alongside key partners in neighbourhood watch, business and rural crime, school safety and anti-social behaviour.

David said: “Warwickshire Police is an innovative and professional police force with a good reputation, which I hope to build upon should I be elected as police and crime commissioner.

“Financial cuts have been made since I left the force four years ago and the lack of visible policing in our community has been very noticeable. This is an area of local concern to many people, and one which I would like to improve upon.

“It is with my background and experiences throughout the county that I believe I can fulfil the role of Commissioner, with knowledge and confidence in my ability to hold the force to account and, when necessary, question issues on behalf of the public of Warwickshire.”

The vote for Police and Crime Commissioner will take place alongside the local government election on Thursday May 5.