Helen Korfanty, a local Solicitor, campaigner and advocate, has been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the post as Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner. The elections take place on 5 May.
Helen has lived in Suffolk for 33 years, was born in Yorkshire and qualified as a solicitor in 1982. She has worked for firms Ipswich, Sudbury, and Stowmarket and currently works for firms in Thetford and Newmarket. Her main areas of specialism are Criminal Law and Family Law and she is a trained Family Law Mediator.
A first tier advocate, she serves as a Duty Solicitor at the Police Investigation Centres and Magistrates’ Courts. She was also among the local solicitors who have acted as agent prosecutors for the CPS.
In the past, Helen has Chaired South Suffolk Victim Support Scheme and volunteered at the Citizens Advice Bureaux both as an adviser and subsequently on the Management Committee for Sudbury CAB.
Jon James, Chair of Suffolk Lib Dems said;
Helen Korfanty is one of the best qualified individuals to put themselves forward to contest this election. She is a well respected advocate across the criminal justice system in Suffolk and brings with her lots of experience in both criminal law and family law and will bring a whole new approach to managing police resources especially in areas of domestic abuse and mental health where the Lib Dems are leading the way. Helen will provide strong, independent minded leadership and support to the Suffolk Constabulary at a time when government cuts are seeing local neighbourhood policing significantly reduced.