Tomorrow, Thursday 15th November 2012, sees the election of the first Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire. The village hall is the polling station for our locality, and you can vote between the hours of 7am and 10pm.
The new Police and Crime Commissioner will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on the public’s behalf.
Their role will also include:
- Ensuring that the police force budget is spent where it matters most
- Regularly meeting and engaging with residents to help to set police and crime plans
- Working with local authorities, community safety partnerships and local criminal justice boards to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime
- Setting the amount of local council tax paid towards policing
- Appointing and, if necessary, dismissing the Chief Constable
- Delegating the funding to commission services designed to cut crime and tackle drug and anti-social behaviour problems
- Addressing national issues as well as local concerns
The Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner will oversee how crime is tackled in both the Derbyshire Dales and Derbyshire as a whole and will aim to ensure that the police are providing a good service at all times.
The list of candidates for Derbyshire can be found here.