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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

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Would-be police commissioners tell us why they want your vote

RESIDENTS go to the polls today to elect their first ever police and crime commissioner (PCC) for Cumbria.

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Cumbria Constabulary will soon be overseen by a Police and Crime Commissioner

The candidate voted into the £65,000-a-year role will have powers to hire and fire chief constables and set police objectives and budgets.

The votes will be counted in Kendal tomorrow.

The elected PCCs will replace police authorities across England and Wales. The successful candidate will be in post until May 2016.

The salary range has been adjusted by the Home Office to represent differences in force weighting and policing challenges and has been aligned but is not equal to chief constable salaries.

Cumbria’s £65,000 salary is the joint lowest in the country. The successful candidates for the areas of West Midlands, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester will all receive the highest – £100,000 per year.

A schedule is now being drawn up for Cumbria’s PCC to meet police, the public and key players in the county in their first months in charge.

Plans are also being developed for early talks on how to deliver their manifesto, with the new force chief being given in-depth crime data as they take on the role.

Meanwhile, the outgoing head of the authority has paid tribute to the work of members and staff. Chairman Ray Cole was speaking as the authority held its final public meeting before the election of the new PCC. He said: “Cumbria continues to be one of the safest places to live, work and visit. We will leave a newly elected police and crime commissioner in a very strong position when they take office.”

Have your say

the question is why are we vote for beasuse
we did not know what we are voteing for in the frist places put good lucky to ever get in

Posted by stephen mc donald on 15 November 2012 at 17:42

Thisd has been a very poor information giving poll, A lot of people do not have the internet in this community so have not got a clue who these people are andso will not vote. I also believe they should not be affiliatedto any political party

Posted by gill schofield on 15 November 2012 at 13:15

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