People in England and Wales (except in London and Greater Manchester where the Mayor has responsibility for policing) will take to the polls today (Thursday, 5th May) to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCCs) for their local police force area.
This includes Northamptonshire, where the current PCC, Adam Simmonds, will not be standing for re-election.
PCCs are elected to hold the police to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective. They ensure the policing needs of the public are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled by the police.
They bring a public voice to policing and do this by:
- Engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans;
- Ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and
- Appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable.
PCCs are required to swear an oath of impartiality when they are elected to Office. The oath is designed so that PCCs can set out publicly their commitment to tackling their new role with integrity. It reflects the commitment police officers make to serve every member of the public impartially and makes clear that they are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate.
Have your say and make your voice heard. Vote for your police and crime commissioner today. Go to www.choosemypcc.org.uk to find out who’s standing in Northamptonshire.