MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT
In seven days time we will have an election. It’s an election that many people know little or nothing about – and it is all the more important for that.
You will be asked to vote for the first ever Police and Crime Commissioner in Derbyshire.
At the moment, all aspects of policing are decided by the Chief Constable who is held to account by the Derbyshire Police Authority. But that is all set to change.
After Thursday November 15, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner will be appointing (and can dismiss) the Chief Constable. The Police and Crime Commissioner will hold the Chief Constable to account, will set the police and crime plan as well as the budget of Derbyshire’s police force.
And because this is an elected position, the Police and Crime Commissioner will be held to account by you, the residents of Derbyshire. It will be you who decide what the priorities of our police force should be and it will mean that your Commissioner will want to talk to you directly about your priorities and what you expect from your police force.
The stakes are very high. The Police are seeing an unprecedented change in their conditions with cuts to their numbers, their pensions and their retirement age. At the same time, the Hillsborough report has tarnished the image of the police and has dented people’s trust in them.
It is vital that the trust is rebuilt and the best way to do that is to make the police more accountable and the decisions they take more transparent.
Policing, keeping our neighbourhoods safe and free from anti-social behaviour has long been a Labour priority.
Alan Charles, our candidate, has promised to fight against the Tory/Lib Dem cut of 20% to the policing budget. He has also vowed not to allow the privatisation of our police force. We saw at the Olympics with the G4S fiasco what happens when you allow the private sector to deliver policing.
And although he represents the Labour Party, the Police and Crime Commissioner role will be politically impartial. In fact, once elected, all Commissioners will have to swear an oath of impartiality. He will serve the whole of Derbyshire.
This election is important to how your village or town is policed.
Please VOTE on Thursday 15 November and make your VOTE count.
For more information on Alan Charles, visit his website http://www.ac4pcc.org.uk/
For more information about the Police and Crime Commissioner role, visit the Home Office website www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners/