The Prime Minister has recently said that the being a police and crime commissioner is a 'big job for a big local figure'. Dynamic leaders, community champions, pioneers and entrepreneurs should consider standing for this office.
Make a difference
Police and crime commissioner candidates could have experience in the private, voluntary or public sector. They don't have to be politicians to stand. They can be independent of political parties. This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to stand and to make a difference.
Have you got what it takes?
- to play a leading role in how crime is tackled in your area?
- to bring the voice of the people into policing and bring the community together to tackle crime?
- to hold the Chief Constable and police force to account for cutting crime?
If you think you have, see if you’re eligible to stand for election as a PCC.
PCCs will be required to swear an oath of impartiality when they are elected to office. The swearing of an oath will be an important symbol of impartiality, emphasising both the significance of this new role in local communities and that PCCs are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate.
To help prospective candidates answer these questions we developed a range of candidate briefings which simply communicate the range of responsibilities and interactions that the role of PCC will have to fulfil.
- Nominations will open 8 October 2012 and close 19 October 2012
- The first PCC elections will take place on 15 November 2012
- PCCs will take office 22 November 2012