On 15 November 2012, in the first ever elections, 41 new Police and Crime Commissioners will be elected across England and Wales to give you a say when it comes to cutting crime in your area.
The Black South West Network in partnership with Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) and Voluntary Action Swindon are hosting an event in Swindon to raise awareness of the forthcoming Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in the Police area of Wiltshire.
On Friday 2nd November 2012 at Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon SN1 1RT, candidates for the Wiltshire PCC role – Angus Macpherson, Clare Moody and Colin Skelton – will also be present at a discussion about the way the police will be managed in future and will answer questions about how they will approach the job.
Registration for attendees at 1.45pm for a 2pm start. The meeting finishes at 4pm.
Neena Samota will be attending from BTEG to brief attendees on the accountability of Police and Crime Commissioners for tackling crime in their police force area including some of the powers that will be given to them.
Register for a place on the day by contacting Mina Bhogal (Outreach Support Officer for BSWN) via firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Voluntary Action Swindon on 01793 538398.
Role of the PCC
PCCs will be a voice for the people, someone to lead the fight against crime, and someone to hold to account if they don’t deliver.
Their role will be to represent you and your concerns, ensuring the policing needs of your community are met.
PCCs will set direction
They will set the direction and the budget for policing. This involves:
Setting the strategic direction and accountability for policing:
– setting strategic policing priorities
– consulting and involving the public
Working with partners to prevent and tackle crime and re-offending:
– ensuring that the police respond effectively to public concerns and threats to public safety
– promoting and enabling joined up working on community safety and criminal justice
– increasing public confidence in how crime is cut and policing delivered
Invoking the voice of the public, the vulnerable and victims:
– ensuring that public priorities are acted upon, victims are consulted and that the most vulnerable individuals are not overlooked
– complying with the General Equality Duty under the Equality Act
Contributing to resourcing of policing response to regional and national threats:
– ensuring an effective policing contribution alongside other partners to national arrangements to protect the public from other cross-boundary threats in line with the strategic policing requirement
Ensuring value for money:
– responsible for the distribution of policing grants from central
government and setting the precept raised through council tax
– responsible for setting the budget, including the police precept component of council tax, and the distribution of policing grants from central government
More information can be found on: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners and includes details of the candidates standing for elections in your area.