Police & Crime Commissioner Elections 12th Nov 2012


The first ever elections for Police and Crime

Commissioners will be held on 15 November 2012.

Each of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales, outside of

London, will directly-elect a Commissioner.

Commissioners are at the heart of the Government's programme of

decentralisation, where power is returned to people and communities.

Instead of bureaucratic, Whitehall-led control of the police we will see

democratic accountability with the public having a real say over how

their area is policed.

What will Police and Crime Commissioners do?

Commissioners will be local figures with powerful mandates from

the public to drive the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.

Commissioners will decide policing strategy and the force budget.

They will set the local council tax precept and appoint - and if

necessary dismiss - the chief constable. And all of this will be done

on behalf of the public who elect them.

Police and Crime Commissioners will replace the existing police

authorities and have a much larger role.

As their title - Police and Crime Commissioners - suggests they will

have a broad remit to ensure community safety, with their own

budgets to prevent crime and tackle drugs.

Working with local authorities, community safety partnerships

and local criminal justice boards, Commissioners will help bring a

strategic coherence to the actions of these organisations across

each police force.

The Commissioners will also have responsibility for strategic

policing - they will have to address national issues as well as local


A single and accountable individual

Commissioners will be a single elected individual who will take

executive decisions, supported by a highly qualified team.

The principle of one accountable individual, directly responsible

for the totality of police force activity is central to the Government's

vision of the new policing landscape.

The buck will stop with commissioners, and the public will cast

judgement at the ballot box, voting out commissioners who don't

cut crime or address local concerns.

But Police and Crime Commissioners won't have day-to-day control

over operational policing - they won't be able to tell a sworn officer

of the crown who to arrest.

The candidate

We're looking for very high calibre candidates for what will be high

profile and public roles.

Police and Crime Commissioners will have to be leaders.

Commissioners will need to work with the police as well as with

other local agencies while engaging with the public and the media.

We will be casting the net widely and certainly will look beyond

those who have previously worked on police authorities.

Commissioners could come with experience as business leaders,

from military or policing backgrounds, from national as well as

local politics, or from other fields.

To be eligible to stand as a Police and Crime Commissioner one

must be registered as an elector in the relevant force area.


If you feel you meet the candidate requirements and would like to find

out more about becoming a Police Commissioner, please contact us:

Email policeandcrimecommissioners@conservatives.com

or visit www.conservatives.com/policecommissioners