Erewash residents are being given their chance to elect a new Police & Crime Commissioner for the Derbyshire Police Area on Thursday 15 November 2012.
The Police & Crime Commissioner is a newly-created position, meaning it will be the first time Erewash residents have the opportunity to vote for the person you want to see held accountable for how crime is tackled in Derbyshire.
Role of Police and Crime Commissioner
The new Police and Crime Commissioner will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account on the public's behalf.
Their role will also include:
- Ensuring that the police force budget is spent where it matters most
- Regularly meeting and engaging with residents to help to set police and crime plans
- Working with local authorities, community safety partnerships and local criminal justice boards to ensure there is a unified approach to preventing and reducing crime
- Setting the amount of local council tax paid towards policing
- Appointing and, if necessary, dismissing the Chief Constable
- Delegating the funding to commission services designed to cut crime and tackle drug and anti-social behaviour problems
- Addressing national issues as well as local concerns
The Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner will oversee how crime is tackled in both Erewash and Derbyshire as a whole and will aim to ensure that the police are providing a good service at all times. Detailed information on all candidates is now accessible on the choose my PCC website.
How to Vote
Your local polling station will be clearly stated on your poll card, which you should have received from 18th – 22nd October if you have registered to vote. You can viewa list of polling stations for Erewash in the 'Situation of Polling Places' document at the foot of this article.
This election also allows you to vote for a first and second choice preferred candidate. You will also soon be receiving a booklet via post from the Electoral Commission explaining more about the elections and how to fill-in the ballot paper.
Voting by Proxy
Applications to vote by proxy must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Wednesday 7 November 2012.
Applications to vote by proxy applied for on the grounds of physical incapacity (where that physical incapacity occurred after 5pm on 7 November) must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 15 November.