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police commissioner elections


passing through

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Do you think it is a good idea to have a commissioner of police instead of the old police authority. If the correct person is voted in, will they have the teeth and inclination to force chief constables to there way of thinking.

Or will you not be voting.

With a bit of luck our local candidate will sail in. http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Lord-Prescott-odds-favourite-PCC-role/story-17222944-detail/story.html

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Woolwell

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spuds - We have a retired copper standing in my area.

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Bing.alau

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I've just filled in my voting paper. I didn't know any of them, so I voted No one for the only independent candidate on the form and No two for the only female name on the list.

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bremner

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Bing.alau

Your last sums up all that needs to be said about these ridiculous elections.

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Bing.alau

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I agree.

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johndrew

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We have had one flyer advertising an applicant for this post in our area; the remainder don't appear to think we exist or matter!

Unfortunately the one who advertised himself is an ex-councillor on a big pension who seems to believe he has the power to change the law with no reference to Parliament :-((

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wiz-king

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We have a good choice down here in Surrey

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Pine Man

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I know that the annual salary for the PCC will be about £85k but has anybody yet suggested what the additional costs will be?

He or she will not be able to do the job single handed so will inevitably have a substantial administrative and research staff. That staff and he or she will need offices, which will have to be furnished and need telecommunications and IT installing.

What's the best guess for the annual overall costs of this new political brainwave? Maybe about £250k ish? Multiply that by the 43 UK police forces and you are looking at around £10/11 million per annum.

Scary isn't it and given that all forces have extremely limited resources does any body really expect these PCCs to make any real difference?

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Woolwell

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Pine Man - you haven't taken into account the existing Police Authority which is being replaced by the PCC. For instance my Police Authority has about 20 staff. The new PCC's should be taking over these offices and staff and perhaps insisting on a reduction in staff.

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spuds

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There was a program on television the other evening, and it appeared with the studio debate and interviewing the 'high street' public, that very few people knew who were their local candidates, and what the job actually entailed. Most people seemed to complain about lack of published information, especially from the prospective candidates. Other's seemed to express the view that this was more political, than for the public.

There was a government advisor involved in this, who was in full support for the system, yet other organisations like Liberty had doubts about the true value of this new position of public participation, direct contact or actual accountability, as things progressed.

Going off subject, but in the city that I live near, we were given no choice about having an elected Mayor. This as brought all sorts of problems and now there is talk about having a referendum on the issues of having a Mayor or actually getting rid of them. Apparently you only need 12.000 votes to force a referendum, and I wonder if this same rule applies to the new position of police Commissioner, if sufficient people become dissatisfied?.

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Pine Man

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Woolwell

A good point - thanks for that.

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