Candidates vying to become the Thames Valley’s first elected police leader have laid out their plans at a hustings in Aylesbury.
The six police and crime commissioner candidates were each given five minutes to present their ideas for the region, before being quizzed for 15 minutes by the audience.
Click below to see what each candidate said at the hustings:
The November 15 election marks one of the ever biggest changes to how the police service is run, with publicly accountable commissioners replacing police authorities, yet the majority of the audience who attended the hustings and posed questions at Aylesbury Vale District Council were councillors.
Councillor Martin Phillips, Bucks County Council cabinet member for community engagement, who was chairing the meeting, said it would be important for councils to build a strong relationship with whoever is elected as the new commissioner. He said: “The police and crime commissioner is going to be a key appointment for all of us.”
A range of subjects were raised throughout the evening, including cuts to police budgets, means of tackling crime across the Thames Valley and the relevant experience of each candidate.
Today is the deadline to register to vote in the election.
ABOUT THE JOB
The police and crime commissioner elected on November 15 will be responsible for appointing the chief constable, setting the force budget and deciding which specific issues officers should focus on.
The Government says commissioners are not there to run forces on a day-to-day basis, their job is to hold them to account instead.
They will be paid in the region of £85,000. The commissioner will assume office on November 22 and will serve until the next election, scheduled for May 2016, after which elections are to be held every four years.
The commissioner can only be elected for two consecutive terms.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said of the elections: “If you want coppers who are on the beat, on your street, cracking down on antisocial behaviour, focusing on the things you care about, then don’t just talk about it, get out on 15 November and vote for it.”