Having spent 32 years as an Army officer, Mark Shelford has a good understanding of service life and the stresses and strains placed on those entrusted with protecting the public and their property.
He values the sacrifice the whole Police community and their families make. Throughout his military service he served alongside the Police across the globe and shared their risks, from Northern Ireland to the jungles of Borneo including Afghanistan. Mark believes absolutely that the Police must be supported and cheered for by a critical friend.
Post service and commercial life, Mark was the Deputy Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council and sat on the Police and Crime Panel. There he gained a reputation for an empathetic approach and a no nonsense style to get things done.
He is uniquely qualified to represent residents views and requirements when setting the strategic aims for the Avon and Somerset Constabulary. But also his strong working relations with key Ministers mean he is ideally placed to ensure your voice is heard at the highest level and to make the case for the correct level of resources to deliver the service that local residents want and deserve.