Wednesday, May 04, 2016

With PCC elections tomorrow: what a Police and Crime Commissioner does

Cumbria will elect our second Police and Crime Commissioner tomorrow in succession to Richard Rhodes who is not seeking re-election.

I'd like to put on record my appreciation and thanks for all the work Richard Rhodes has done, particularly on improving victim support.

I have voted by post for Peter McCall, the Conservative candidate, who recently retired from the army after a distinguished 34 year career and who I believe will be a great successor to Richard if he is elected.

Police and Crime commissioners do not control operational policing which is entirely independent of politics and under the control of the Chief Constable Here is a reminder of what is included in the role PCCs do have, and why it is an important job, and why it is worth making the effort to cast a vote tomorrow:

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