Police & Crime Commissioner Elections

As part of the 2010 General Election Manifesto, the Conservative Party pledged to make “the police accountable to a directly-elected individual who will set policing priorities for local communities” and this pledge will be fulfilled on Thursday 15th November when the country goes to the polls to vote for who they would like to represent them as the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) for their area.

Here, in Thames Valley, the Conservative Party asked local Conservatives to help choose the PCC candidate. The sucsessful candidate, Anthony Stansfeld, if elected in November will represent over 2 million people as well as setting the budget and strategy for local police forces, whilst the police retain their operational independence.

Useful information about the elections: 
Produced by the Electoral Commission
Local Government Association web page here
The Police Foundation

Links to items in the News and Blogs: 
Maidenhead Advertiser - Council leader to stand for police role
Oxford Mail - Public need to be made more aware of elections 
Slough Observer - Battle to become top cop has begun
The Telegraph - Police commissioner elections could let in extremists, chief warns 
The Telegraph - Elected police chiefs will mean a Boris in every part of country 
The Guardian - Ten Questions 
The Guardian - Police and crime commissioners: 13 more questions 
Southern Front 
Conservative Home

The blog TopOfTheCops.com is maintained by Sam Chapman. 
See The results of the Labour selection process
and Conservative Shortlists