Graham Jones, a Trinity resident and Police Authority Panel Member has raised the importance of a high turnout in the election to be held later in the year on Thursday 15th November.
“Police governance is changing. In November 2012 our local police authority will be abolished and replaced by Devon and Cornwall’s first Police and Crime Commissioner.
There will be one Police and Crime Commissioner covering Devon (including Torbay and Plymouth), Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
Candidates will begin to emerge over the coming months, and if you wish to stand yourself, it is not too late to do so…
Save the date
On 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales will elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for their area who will be accountable for how crime is tackled.
If you live in Devon and Cornwall (and are registered to vote) you will be able to vote in the elections on 15 November 2012.
The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) will:
Be singularly accountable to you for the policing of Devon and Cornwall
Listen to your views on community safety and set priorities in a plan for the police which address community concerns
Ensure the Chief Constable directs police officers and resources to tackle the things that you say are important
Set the strategic direction for policing but not interfere with day-to-day police operations or tactics
Balance local needs of the public and victims against assisting national policing responsibilities
Appoint and, in extreme circumstances dismiss the Chief Constable
What if I want to stand as PCC for Devon and Cornwall?
You should read the Home Office booklet “Have You Got What It Takes?” and refer to the Electoral Commission website for rules about who can stand and how you register.
How will it affect me?
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will not be expected to run the police. The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.
The PCC will hold the budget for policing and release appropriate funds to the Chief Constable based on an agreed Police and Crime Plan. If you deliver services that contribute to crime reduction, victim support, policing, community safety or other related activities your funding may be subject to different procedures, or you may have access to a new funding source. If you are particularly interested in this area of development please contact us so we have your contact details.
If you are an organisation, statutory/non statutory, voluntary sector, business community, and working to improve community safety you are encouraged to work collaboratively with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. You can read the Home Office‟s booklet “What Partners Need To Know” online.
Who will check the decisions being made?
Although the PCC is an elected individual their decisions will be scrutinised by a Police and Crime Panel who can also call the PCC and Chief Constable to public hearings. In addition the Panel will have a power of veto over council tax precept levels and appointments of Chief Constables. These are powers that the PCP can use as a last resort. The Government expect the relationship between the PCC and the Panel to be one of support and challenge.
Panels will comprise of one elected representative from each local authority within the force area. Both top-tier and district councils will need to be represented. The Panel will also include two independent members.
Where can I find more information?
Sign up to our e-newsletter (and future editions of these factsheets) by emailing us at email@example.com with ‘subscribe’ as the subject.
Keep an eye out in local media for news stories from us, and local candidates
Come and talk to staff at a number of events across the area over the coming months. Details of where we are and when are available on our website.
If you have questions and want to chat about them you are welcome to contact Emily Macaulay in the first instance on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01392 225561.”