Promoted by Alan Pawsey on behalf of Chris Jones; both at St Mark's Church Hall, Hall Rd, Norwich, NR1 3HL
Dr Chris Jones
Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced in 2012, and 2016 is only the second time we've had elections for the role, so it's not surprising that a lot of people are unclear about what they do. Replacing the old Police Authorities they have 3 key responsibilities:
Introducing a directly elected Commissioner was intended to give local people a more direct say in the way their Police Service operates so it is vital that the Commissioner is accessible and accountable to the public. Consultation and engagement through local meetings, social media, and through elected representatives is central to the function of PCCs.
Some people have concerns about the Police Service becoming a political issue. None of us want to see that, but political decisions directly affect the way the Police work every day - policy decisions about how we tackle drug abuse or anti-social behaviour, strategic responses to national and international issues like terrorism or people trafficking, and funding decisions that directly determine the resources the Police have. It is political decisions that have cut Police budgets and Police numbers over recent years, and only political action can address them.
What is a PCC?