Today is voting day for our new Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, a new position being created in every county to oversee how crime is tackled. The position will heavily affect how our local police force is run, and it is vital as many local residents as possible, including students, vote.
The Police and Crime Commissioner shall have a number of roles. These are:
1. To meet with the public on a regular basis to listen to their views of policing.
2. To create a plan setting out local policing priorities.
3. To decide how the budget is spend.
4. Appointing and dismissing Chief Constables when necessary.
Hampshire has six candidates running which include representatives of the Conservatives, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, The Justice and Anti-Corruption Party, and one independent. To see a discussion on whether political parties should be allowed to have a representative in charge of local police forces, please read Julia Topazio’s article from the Wessex Scene magazine.
For the manifestos of the candidates, please go the the ‘Choose My PCC website here.
To find out where your nearest polling station is, and to check that you have registered to vote, please call the local council on 023 8083 2245.
If you have absolutely no clue what is going on, please clink on this link to be taken to a page where you can download an information booklet.