Police and Crime Commissioner website launched

By on 07/08/2012 in Elections, News

A website has been launched today (August 7), to provide information to people in the West Midlands about the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections which will take place on November 15.

With 100 days to go until the election, the website (www.westmidlandspcc.info) has been set up to give members of the public, potential candidates and policing partner agencies up to date information about the forthcoming changes to changes to police accountability.

The powers of the Police and Crime Commissioner will include:

·         Setting the priorities for police in the West Midlands
·         Working to understand and respond to public priorities
·         Setting the local budget and the part of council tax that goes to policing
·         Holding the Chief constable to account for police performance
·         Making crime and disorder reduction grants
·         Working with other agencies to improve community safety

Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, who has been appointed Police Area Returning Officer for the election in the West Midlands, said: “The new Police and Crime Commissioner will be in a position to have a very significant influence on policing in the West Midlands.

“The decision as to who that person will be is in the hands of every voter in the West Midlands. The aim of this website is to give everybody a single point where they can find up to date information about the role of the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Police and Crime Panel that will hold the PCC to account.  People can also sign up for newsletters, so they can find out about developments as soon as they emerge.”

ENDS

Notes for editors:

Police Area Returning Officers

Each of the 41 police areas in England (excluding London) and Wales has a Police Area Returning Officer (PARO). They are appointed by the Secretary of State.

The PARO is by law responsible for:
• giving notice of the election
• managing the nomination process and the submission of candidates' election addresses
• the calculation and declaration of the result

The PAROs are responsible for the overall conduct of the PCC election for their police area. Their duty is to co-ordinate the work of Local Returning Officers in the police area.

For enquiries in relation to the elections, please refer to:

Kris Kowalewski
Senior Media Officer
Birmingham City Council
0121 303 3621

The website is managed by West Midlands Police Authority.  For enquiries in relation to the website, please refer to:

Caroline Schubert
Communications Manager
West Midlands Police Authority
0121 626 5442

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