On November 15th something incredibly important happens – as a country we elect Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) for the first time. These will be people who will have considerable sway over the nature, shape and priorities of policing and crime prevention in our area. To have such roles subject to election is new. There is considerable speculation that the level of engagement and turnout will be low.
In a “normal” world the fact that we are doing this new thing might not matter too much, but the next few years are going to be far from normal for the police forces – there is likely to be a c25% cut in police budgets. As such the elected PCCs will have to make some incredibly difficult decisions. In choosing the PCC for your area you may well wish to understand how they will approach that task – I certainly want to.
I have emailed the two candidates for election in my area (Hertfordshire) the following question, and I will post responses received here.
I would urge interested readers to send something similar to your candidates (you could share the answers here too, if you like).
You can get more information about PCCs here http://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/