Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has confirmed that he will not be seeking re-election for the role in May’s election.
Hardwick announced his decision at a meeting of the Police and Crime Panel on Friday, February 5, which discussed Lincolnshire Police’s budget proposals for the 2016-17 financial year.
Plans including a rise in police council tax precept of 1.96% were approved at the meeting, and the current numbers of 1,100 police officers and 149 PCSOs will be maintained.
The 66-year-old became the county’s first PCC in 2012, after standing as an Independent.
He said: “I am simply retiring but I can do so knowing that I have achieved what I have set out to do as commissioner.
“Crime has reduced, a fair deal for Lincolnshire is on its way and we continue to deliver performance that is as good as and, in many cases, better than more well-funded police areas.
“Whoever my successor is, I wish them the very best.”
The PCC election takes place on May 5.