UKIP Name Lancashire PCC Candidate
October 3, 2012
POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE
Councillor Robert Drobny has been chosen by UKIP to be their candidate for the role of Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Mr Drobny, who lives in Knott End-on-Sea, Poulton-le-Fylde said today that he was “delighted” to have been selected to stand for this important position.
As a former Special Constable he has had first hand experience of life helping protect the public, including having a thug lunge at his throat with a potentially lethal pair of scissors.
He is currently serving as a councillor on Preesall Town Council and has been Deputy Mayor of Preesall on three occasions.
“Having lived and worked all my life in the county I am extremely proud of my roots and relish the opportunity to serve the people of Lancashire in the role of Police Commissioner,” said 40-year-old Mr Drobny.
“I served for many years as a Special Constable in the Blackpool division of Lancashire Constabulary which gave me a good grounding for life and a thorough understanding of the needs and requirements of the police service and serving officers.
“On one occasion I went with a colleague to a block of flats after a man had caused thousands of pounds worth of damage. I went to arrest him and he reached over, pulled out a pair of scissors and lunged at my throat. Fortunately I was able to disarm him.
“Not surprisingly I am adamant that knife crime must be treated extremely seriously and dealt with accordingly,” said Mr Drobny.
“I have until recently been a panel member of Lancashire Police Authority but have resigned in order to run for the office of Police Commissioner. My work with the police authority took the form of Independent Custody Visitor, a role involving performing the task of ensuring that all detainees are being held safely at the police station cells.
“I feel that I am ideally placed to understand the needs and requirements of all sectors of the communities within Lancashire. I am old enough to understand the needs of our more senior members of the county, yet young enough to be able to take on board the opinions and requirements of the younger generation,” said Mr Drobny, who has a young son.
“If elected as Police Commissioner for Lancashire my aims will be:
Take a hard stance on anti-social behaviour.
Bring back the local beat officer.
Zero tolerance on knife and violent crime.
Zero tolerance in relation to domestic violence, whether against women or men, irrespective of sexual orientation, colour or race.
Clamp down on child exploitation and aim to ensure that the Rochdale child exploitation scandal does not repeat itself within the Lancashire policing area.
Forge stronger links within the community, schools and youth organisations. Utilise Community Support Officers correctly in community engagement programmes and ensure that they are not used as a cheap alternative to front line officers.
Ensure that all police constables are equipped to the highest modern standards.
Look to innovative ways of ensuring that our police officers have more time on the streets and less time form filling.
Make the police more accountable to the tax payer. We pay for the service and we deserve the best.
Mr Drobny spent 12 years working as senior medical photographer and deputy head of department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital before being made redundant. He has recently obtained a Law Degree at Huddersfield University and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Law and Practice.
A member of UKIP since 2005 and branch secretary of the Over Wyre area Mr Drobny enjoys charity work and was secretary of the’ Survivors of Bereavement Charity’.