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
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.