he new police and crime commissioners are a flagship Government policy. They'll be responsible for budgets, setting priorities and hiring and firing Chief Constables.
The Prime Minister told a group of young people in one of the city's most deprived areas that the new commissioners would help improve policing in their area. He also spoke to local mums. Polls suggest that only 20 percent of people are likely to vote next Thursday. The new Police and Crime Commissioners will have the power to hire and fire their local chief constable and set policing targets.
Speaking to ITV Border he explained why he thought it was important why people get out and vote:
By this time next week the votes will have been cast ... and the nature of policing will have changed. The question is How many of us will have taken part in that decision?
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