Don’t lose the chance to have your say on PCC

Vote for the next Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for the Thames Val­ley on Thurs­day May 5

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

FOUR can­di­dates are hop­ing to be elected as the next Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner (PCC) of Thames Val­ley.

The three coun­ties of Bucks, Berk­shire and Ox­ford­shire will go to the polls on Thurs­day May 5 to vote for the per­son who will be re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing the bud­get, which was around £386m in 2016/17.

They will also be in charge of en­sur­ing Thames Val­ley is an ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive po­lice force, and will hold the chief con­sta­ble to ac­count for the de­liv­ery of the po­lice and crime plan.

An­thony Stans­feld, the cur­rent Con­ser­va­tive PCC, has an­nounced he is stand­ing for re-elec­tion.

The Labour Party can­di­date is Laetisia Carter, Lib­eral Demo­crat is John How­son and Lea Trainer is stand­ing as the UKIP can­di­date.

David Buckle, Po­lice Area Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer for the Thames Val­ley, said: “At the last Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner elec­tion, some peo­ple felt they didn’t know enough about the can­di­dates – the Choose My PCC web­site is a good place to start this time.”

The first Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner elec­tion, held in Novem­ber 2012, was no­table for a very low turnout – up to 20% in some ar­eas – across the country. Out of the 1.7m el­i­gi­ble vot­ers in the TVP area, only 227,000 cast their vote, a turnout of only 13.3%

Thames Val­ley Po­lice pa­trols the coun­ties of Berk­shire, Ox­ford­shire and Buck­ing­hamshire and is di­vided into 12 lo­cal polic­ing ar­eas.

One of the largest ter­ri­to­rial po­lice forces in Eng­land, TVP cov­ers just over 2,000 square miles.

The new Com­mis­sion­ers who took of­fice in 2012 re­placed the old po­lice au­thor­i­ties.

Work­ing with the chief con­sta­ble Fran­cis Hab­good, the suc­cess­ful can­di­date will have to cre­ate and pub­lish a Po­lice and Crime Plan for their four-year term of of­fice.

Visit www. choose­mypcc.org.uk/ area/thames-val­ley for more in­for­ma­tion.

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