Why Ayoub Khan wants your help to be West Midlands police and crime commissioner - The shooting that changed his life

Ayoub Khan

A Birmingham barrister and former city councillor, Ayoub Khan has been selected as Liberal Democrat candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner election for the West Midlands force. Twice a Parliamentary candidate in Ladywood, Ayoub was announced as the Lib Dem candidate after a ballot of members in local parties across the force area.

He said: "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to champion root-andbranch community policing in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry and every borough in the West Midlands. Growing up in Aston, crime was an ever-present threat but ten years ago I witnessed a man being shot by two masked gunmen just 50 yards from my home. I had to use my belt to stop the victim bleeding to death. This shattering experience changed my life.

"I became very involved in local programmes to fight crime and local policing matters as a councillor. I wanted to make a difference. I gave up a career in IT and studied law instead. Now as a practising barrister I have a daily insight into the way our police work."

Ayoub, who held the community-safety portfolio in the city council's cabinet until May, said his experience had shown the value of early intervention and community engagement, both in cutting crime and ultimately cutting costs.

He added: "My watchwords for effective policing are to prevent crime, protect the public and property but also to re-assure people, especially the vulnerable. Crime is generally coming down but it is still far too high and I am well aware of how the fear of crime can restrict people's daily life, not just the elderly but young people too."

Voting will take place on Thursday 15 November 2012. Make sure you cast your vote - or risk ending up with a police and crime commissioner someone else chooses for you!