Vote for your local police and crime commissioner (PCC)

Our venue has been chosen to be one of the Polling Stations for Hyde Godley Ward; we are incredibly proud to be able to help with this important process in Local Democracy.

On November 15th, 2012, for the first time, you will be able to vote for your local police and crime commissioner (PCC). This is a new role and the job of the PCC will be to oversee the police and ensure they prioritise what matters to you.

Each candidate may have different ideas, skills and experience to bring to the role. Information on who to vote for and how they propose to make a difference will be available on this site from October 26th, 2012. These are important roles so ensure you choose the candidate that will tackle the issues you care about.

What is a police and crime commissioner?

A police and crime commissioner (PCC) is independent and will be elected to oversee how crime will be tackled in your police force area.

Their aim will be to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective.   They will bring more of a public voice to policing and they will do this by:

  • regularly engaging and meeting with the public to help set police and crime plans;
  • ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and
  • appointing the chief constable, and (if necessary) dismissing them if they have not performed well.

The PCC will not ‘run’ the police force. Chief constables will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police force, but they will be accountable to the public via PCCs.

More information about police and crime commissioners

How to vote

If you are registered to vote, and eligible to vote, you can either vote in person at a polling station, by post, or by proxy (allowing someone you trust to vote on your behalf). In this election you can vote for a first and second preference of who you want to win.

More information on how to vote

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