UKIP – the UK Independence Party – has chosen its candidate for Lancashire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.
He is 40-year-old Coun. Robert Drobny, who lives in Knott End-on-Sea, Poulton-le-Fylde, from where he serves on Preesall Town Council and has been Deputy Mayor of Preesall on three occasions.
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 pair of scissors.
Delighted at having been selected as UKIP’s candidate for the new role, Mr Drobny said: “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.
“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.
“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.
Mr Drobny added: “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.”
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.
Nominations for candidates in the election of Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner close at noon on October 19th and the election will be held on November 15th. For more information visit: www.lancspcc.co.uk