Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

You can be part of a really important change to local policing next month – let me explain.

The first ever elections for Police and Crime Commissioners will be held on 15th November when each of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales, outside of London, will elect a Commissioner.

These new Commissioners will have a powerful mandate from the public to drive the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour – a particularly important issue in Droitwich over the years. They will decide policing strategy and the force budget, set the local council tax precept and appoint (and if necessary dismiss) the Chief Constable.

They will represent those who elected them and hold the police force, and in particular the Chief Constable, to account for the performance of the police force.

Commissioners are at the heart of the Government's programme of decentralisation, where power is returned to people and communities. Police and Crime Commissioners will replace the existing police authorities and have a much larger role. The West Mercia police authority was one of the best performing authorities in the country, and we should be grateful to them for what they achieved under Sheila Blagg’s leadership. Sadly those high standards were far from the norm elsewhere in the country.

Police and Crime Commissioners will be driven by one clear aim – to use the backing they have received from the public to deliver a real, substantial difference to the lives of the people they serve by cutting crime.

They are voted in to serve you and if you think they are not setting the right priorities, then you can vote them out at the next election in 4 years time.

Whatever you think of the change, I urge you to use your vote next month to put the power in the hands of the person you think will serve you best.


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