What are Police and Crime Commissioners?
When it comes to crime, we care about what you care about. That's why we're asking the public to vote, on 15th November, for a Police and Crime Commissioner who will be responsible for overseeing policing in their local area.
In place of the current police authorities, the public will elect PCCs to hold the local police force to account, to set the police budget and the police plan, and stand up for the public and victims.
PCCs will be visible and directly accountable to the public. In place of bureaucratic control from Whitehall, police forces will be democratically accountable to local people, freeing officers from the red tape which takes them off the streets.
Police and Crime Commissioners will be public champions in the fight against crime. Chief Constables will remain responsible for operations and the day-to-day running of forces as they are the experts on policing. However, PCCs will appoint these Chief Constables and hold them to account for their record on focusing the local police force on the crime issues you really care about.
Conservative Police and Crime Commissioners will be driven by one clear objective: to cut crime in their local policing area.