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Police commissioner roadshows head East

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The East of England will today play host to the latest regional roadshow about Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).

Policing Minister Nick Herbert will visit Suffolk to talk about the role of PCCs in cutting crime. 

In November, people across England and Wales will take to the ballot box for the first time to elect their own commissioner. There will be one for each of the 41 police force areas, with a separate election for London.

The job of PCCs will be to:

  • cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service
  • consult with the public to set policing priorities
  • ensure local and national priorities are suitably funded by setting a budget and the local precept
  • hold to account the local chief constable for the delivery and performance of the force
  • ensure community needs are met as effectively as possible and deliver a real, tangible difference to the lives of the electorate they represent.

Arrival of PCCs

In preparation for their arrival, Nick Herbert is meeting with local authorities, criminal justice, voluntary, community safety and health organisations to discuss opportunities to work with PCCs.

The roadshows are a chance for organisations to raise questions ahead of the elections.

The minister said: ‘The arrival of Police and Crime Commissioners will be the most significant democratic reform of policing in our lifetime.

‘From November, the people of Suffolk, Essex and Norfolk will have a stronger voice in how their streets are policed and will be able to turn to their PCC to hold the police to account on their behalf.’