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Further details about the Police and Crime Commissioner election

What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected representatives who oversee how crime is tackled in a police force area. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure the police force is effective.

What do PCCs do?

PCCs work with the police and other partners to cut crime and give the public a voice at the highest level. Your PCC will do this by:

  • being directly accountable to the scrutiny of the public
  • having the democratic mandate to respond to local people's concerns
  • setting local force's policing priorities and force budget
  • working with local partners to prevent crime
  • holding their Chief Constable to account for the performance of the force
  • appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the Chief Constable PCCs are elected to make sure that local police meet the needs of the community.
  • contact your local PCC about:
  • how your area is policed
  • the police budget
  • the amount of Council Tax charged for the police
  • the information you get about what the local police are doing

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