The first ever elections for Police and Crime Commissioners will be held on 15 November 2012. Each of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales, outside of London, will directly-elect a Commissioner. Commissioners are at the heart of the Government's programme of decentralisation, where power is returned to people and communities, promising real democratic accountability with the public having a vital say over how an area is policed. The Conservative female candidates list strengthens with names such as Katy Bourne National CWO Chairman in the running for the PPC Candidate in Sussex.
Here is the list of potential Conservative women looking to secure the vote as the preferred PCC Candidate.
Devon and Cornwall: Alison Hernandez. Hustings will be held at 7pm on the 5th July at Westpoint Centre, Exeter, 7pm on the 6th July at Kingsley Village, Penhale, Cornwall and 10am on the 7th July at the Future Inn, Plymouth.
Gloucestershire: Victoria Atkins. There is a postal ballot as well as hustings at 6.30pm on the 29th June at Northleach, Gloucestershire and at 10.30am on the 30th June at Kings Stanley, Gloucestershire.
Hampshire: Donna Jones. Hustings will be held at 5pm on the 2nd July at Newport Parish Rooms, 7pm on the 3rd July at The Itchen Suite, Southampton FC and 7pm on the 5th July at Lords Wandsworth College, Hook.
Hertfordshire: Rachel Frosh. Hustings will take place at 7pm in Chestnut on the 3rd July, 7pm in Hemel Hempstead on the 4th July, 7pm in Letchworth on the 9th July and 7pm in Hertford on the 12th July. To attend you should register here: www.hertspoliceprimaries.org.uk
Surrey: Julie Iles. Hustings will take place at Oxted School, Oxted on the 7th July and Lakeside Suite, Frimley Green on the 11th July.
Sussex: Katy Bourne. Hustings will take place at 2.30pm at the Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill, West Sussex on the 14th July.
West Yorkshire: Geraldine Granger. Hustings in Bradford.
Cambridge: Shona Johnstone. Cumbria: Hilary Carrick.
What can PCC's do?
|CWO Katy Bourne & Parveen Hassan CWO|
The role of PCC is yet to be fully understood by the general public, an opportunity to engage with the electorate at hustings may shape the role and determine what it means to policing across England. Potentially, Commissioners will be local figures with powerful mandates from the public to drive the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour, making crucial decisions on policing strategy and the force budget.
As Police and Crime Commissioners will replace the existing police authorities and have a much larger role, there is scope for many previous Authority members positioning themselves for the post.Their broad remit will be to ensure community safety, with their own budgets to prevent crime and tackle drugs. They will have the power to engage and work with local authorities and partnerships; Commissioners will assist bring strategic alliances across each police force.
The Commissioners will also have responsibility for strategic policing - they will have to address national issues as well as local concerns. As Candidates prepare, communities begin to notice a heightened awareness in hustings, elections and the public mood in the awakening to new policing in the future.