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.
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