The race to become one of the forty one newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners will start in earnest in the next few days. The elections are scheduled for 15th November 2012 and the successful candidates will take up their new posts a week later on 22nd November. Initial feedback is that as a whole, they are ignorant of the role of the voluntary sector in fighting crime and disorder and we must all use this opportunity to educate them and ensure that we are not part of a forgotten army.
On November 15th, for the first time ever, you'll be able to choose who will oversee your local Police, who will ensure the Police tackle the crimes that matter to you most and who will decide how the crime and policing budget is spent in your area.
How can I stay up-to-date with any new developments?
A new website has been launched by the interim Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). The site includes information about the role of the PCCs, up-to-date news feeds, events and useful links. Also available from the site is a table that is updated regularly with the PCC candidates for each force area. Go to
http://www.apccs.police.uk for more infromation.
How can I influence my local candidates?
Police and crime panels will scrutinise the actions and decisions of each PCC and make sure information is available for the public, enabling them to hold the PCC to account. Strong relationships with the panel members will be an opportunity for influence for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector (VCSE). In addition, individuals from the VCSE Sector might want to put themselves forward as co-opted independent members.
How will PCCs be publicised nationally?
During the run up to the PCC elections, the Home Office and the Electoral Commission will be launching their own campaigns to help raise awareness of the elections and the role of the PCC among the public, as the PCCs will be accountable to local communities.