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New Police & Crime Commissioners prepare to take office

The newly-elected Police and Crime Commissioners officially take power on Thursday 22 November 2012. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The region's nine new Police & Crime Commissioners officially take office on Thursday 22 November following last week's elections. Among the pressing items on their desk will be looking at the police force budget and drawing up a Police and Crime Plan for their area.

The pay for the new job depends on the size of the police force and in the Anglia region ranges from £65,000 to £85,000.

The new PCCs will aim to cut crime and deliver a effective police in their area although the police under the Chief Constable retain operational independence.

  • PCCs hold the Chief Constable to account for the delivery of the force
  • They draw up a police and crime plan
  • They set the police budget and the amount charged to local council taxpayers
  • They are charged with regularly engaging with the public
  • They can hire and fire Chief Constables

There's to be a post-mortem into the first elections for police commissioners in England and Wales after the poll was marred by a record-low turnout. Only around one in seven bothered to go to the ballot box, forcing David Cameron and Conservative ministers to defend a flagship policing reform and deny the role lacked a popular mandate.

A detailed inquiry has been ordered by the Electoral Commission, the watchdog accusing the Government of failing to listen to its warnings about potential problems. In the Anglia region only 15.4% of voters went to the polls with 13.1% turnout in Essex.

In the Anglia region, of the nine PCCs elected six were Conservatives, two were Independent and one was Labour.

Olly Martins is the new Police and Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire

Bedfordshire

Olly Martins is the new Police & Crime Commissioner in Bedfordshire. He stood for the Labour party and beat Conservative Jas Parmar in the second count. Mr Martins has worked with Victim Support and local government. He also has some military experience.

  • Olly Martins got a total 35,958 first and second preference votes
  • 44% share of the vote
  • 8% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in Bedfordshire was 18.2%
  • PPC pay in Bedfordshire - £70,000
Sir Graham Bright is the new Police & Crime Commissioner in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

The new Police and Crime Commissioner in Cambridgeshire is Sir Graham Bright. He stood as the Conservative candidate and beat Labour's Ed Murphy in the second count. Sir Graham was an MP in Luton from 1983 until 1997 and has served as a councillor. While an MP, Sir Graham served as former Prime Minister Sir John Major's Private Parliamentary Secretary.

  • Sir Graham Bright got 31,640 first and second preference votes
  • 36% share of the vote
  • 5% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in Cambridgeshire was 15.3%
  • PCC pay in Cambridgeshire - £70,000
Nick Alston is the new Police & Crime Commissioner in Essex.

Essex

The new Police and Crime Commissioner in Essex is Nick Alston. He stood as the Conservative candidate and beat former Essex police officer and Independent candidate Mick Thwaites in the second count. Nick Alston is the son of senior Essex police officer and was in the Royal Navy before a career in national defence and security

  • Nick Alston got 62,350 first and second preference votes
  • 37% share of the vote
  • 5% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in Essex was 13.1%
  • PCC pay in Essex - £85,000
David Lloyd is the new Police and Crime Commissioner in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire

The new Police and Crime Commissioner in Hertfordshire is David Lloyd. He stood as the Conservative candidate and beat Labour's Sherma Batson in the second count. Mr Lloyd was the former chair of the old Police Authority.

  • David Lloyd got 65,585 first and second preference votes
  • 55% share of the vote
  • 8% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in Hertfordshire was 15%
  • PCC pay in Hertfordshire - £75,000
Alan Hardwick is the new Police and Crime Commissioner in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire

The new Police and Crime Commissioner in Lincolnshire is Alan Hardwick who stood as an Independent candidate. He beat David Bowles in the second count; Mr Bowles had stood on a "Campaign to stop politicians running policing" ticket.

  • Alan Hardwick got 39,221 first and second preference votes
  • 47% share of the vote
  • 7% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in Lincolnshire was 15.6%
  • PPC pay in Lincolnshire - £65,000
Stephen Bett is the new Police & Crime Commissioner in Norfolk

Norfolk

The new Police and Crime Commissioner in Norfolk is Stephen Bett who was the former chair of the Police Authority. He stood as an Independent after failing to win selection as the Conservative candidate and had to leave the party. He beat Conservative Jamie Athill in the second count.

  • Stephen Bett got 39,988 first and second preference votes
  • 41% share of the vote
  • 6% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in Norfolk was 15%
  • PCC pay in Norfolk - £70,000
Adam Simmonds is the new Police and Crime Commissioner in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire

The new Police and Crime Commissioner in Northamptonshire is Adam Simmonds. He stood for the Conservative Party and beat the Labour candidate Lee Barron in the second count. Mr Barron was still on the ballot paper despite withdrawing from the race because of a police arrest 22 years ago for a minor offence.

  • Adam Simmonds got 40,923 first and second preference votes
  • 40% share of the vote
  • 8% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in Northamptonshire was 20.2%
  • PCC pay in Northamptonshire - £70,000
Tim Passmore is the new Police and Crime Commissioner in Suffolk

Suffolk

The new Police & Crime Commissioner in Suffolk is Tim Passmore who was the Conservative candidate. Suffolk saw the closest contest with Labour's Jane Basham winning the first count by just 162 votes. Mr Passmore is a self-employed agricultural and rural business consultant and has been the leader of Mid Suffolk Council for eight years.

  • Tim Passmore got 36,946 first and second preference votes
  • 43% share of the vote
  • 7% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in Suffolk was 16%
  • PCC pay in Suffolk - £70,000
Anthony Stansfeld is the new Police & Crime Commissioner in the Thames Valley area.

Thames Valley

The new Police & Crime Commissioner in the Thames Valley area, which covers Milton Keynes, is Anthony Stansfeld. He stood as the Conservative candidate and beat Labour's Tim Starkey in the second count.

  • Anthony Stansfeld got 94,238 first and second preference votes
  • 43% share of the vote
  • 6% of the electorate voted for the winner
  • The turnout in the Thames Valley area was 13.3%
  • PCC pay in Thames Valley - £85,000

Directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners have replaced Police Authorities which were partly made up of elected councillors appointed to the role and a selection of lay members like magistrates and lawyers.

Under the new system, new Police & Crime Panels have been created to examine the actions and decisions of PPCs and hold them to account. These panels will be mostly made up of local councillors and they do have the power to veto the setting of a police budget precept and the appointing of a chief constable.

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