My name is Tony Kearon, I live and work in Staffordshire, and the safety of every community in Staffordshire matters to me.
I grew up on a council estate and went to my local comprehensive school. After school I did various jobs including labouring and warehouse work, and for a number of years I worked as a postman. Then I completed an access course, and went to University as a mature student.
Now I am a Criminologist with over 20 years’ experience in my day job of working with police forces, fire services, councils, social landlords, schools, public sector organisations, residents groups, communities and victims of crime to reduce crime, drive down anti-social behaviour and deliver safer communities for all.
I also have a track record of putting my professional skills and knowledge into practice – as a cabinet member for community safety in a Labour led council and as the former chair of a successful community safety partnership, bringing police, fire services, councils and local groups together to tackle problems and keep communities safe.
I have listened to victims, to communities facing crime and anti-social behaviour, to frontline staff in our police and fire services, and I have a track record of working to support people and communities experiencing crime, and the essential professionals working hard to keep us all safe.
I have the day-to day practical experience to work with our police, fire service and other partners to deliver a safer Staffordshire.
I stood for election to be Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire on May 6th 2021. I got over 67,000 votes, but it wasn’t to be, I came second. But I continue to work with communities and groups across Staffordshire. I continue to fight to make a real difference in our communities and in the services that keep us safe, and I always will.