TOP Yorkshire author Mike Pannett will be the special guest at a meeting of the Scarborough Urban Area Forum on Wednesday.
The retired police officer, who has written three best-selling autobiographical accounts of his time operating in the Ryedale area, will be part of a question and answer panel at an event to promote awareness of the introduction of directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners for each police force area in the country.
The event takes place from 7pm in Scarborough Library in Vernon Road - all are welcome to attend.
Following a presentation by Safer Communities and the North Yorkshire Police Authority there will be an open question and answer session where residents will be able to put their views, opinions and questions to the panel which will also include local councillors, officers and experts.
People in Scarborough and the rest of North Yorkshire will go to the polls in November to elect their first ever Police and Crime Commissioner and the Urban Area Forum will be ensuring that all the points raised at the forum meeting will be passed on to the candidates for the position.
It is also the forum’s intention to invite all the candidates standing in the election in November to come through to Scarborough in the Autumn for a “hustings” style event to outline their proposed policies and answer questions directly from Scarborough residents.
Chairman of the Forum Ros Fox, said: “It will be a very important debate, given the changes in the way police forces could soon be run and I’m delighted Mike Pannett has agreed to be on the panel. He will bring a real insight into policing to the debate.”
Mike Pannett was born in York, and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1988. Mike served nearly 20 years in the police, during which he became one of the highest commended officers.
He lives with his wife Ann and their three children in a small village in the shadow of the North Yorkshire Moors.