The deadline for applications to become South Yorkshire's new Police and Crime Commissioner is 4pm this afternoon.
The previous Commissioner Shaun Wright resigned last month in the wake of a damning report on child exploitation in Rotherham - some of it during a period he was in charge of Children's Services in the town.
The number of sexual offences in Lincolnshire has risen by nearly twenty per cent year on year according to the Police and Crime Commissioner's annual report, published today.
Overall crime is down by nearly three per cent and there were big drops in the levels of anti-social behaviour and burglaries.
The commissioner, Alan Hardwick, has defended his policy after the Police Federation criticised him for spending more than £600,000 on police volunteers, instead of frontline officers:
The Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire is at at the centre of a row after it was revealed she's spent £10,000 on rebranding while bobbies on the beat are axed in budget cuts.
Julia Mulligan, has just paid for new corporate logos - and it's outraged those who represent rank and file officers, who say it is a waste of money.
Mark Botham, from the North Yorkshire Police Federation
North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has been criticised for spending more than £10,000 on branding when her force needs to find savings of £16m.
"It is a real disappointment that the Federation didn’t come to talk to me before making a comment on this issue. Our last meeting was very constructive and I know they welcomed my and the Chief Constable’s recent commitment to maintaining police officer numbers in North Yorkshire.
"The budget for my office is completely separate from that of North Yorkshire Police, and I continue to cost markedly less than the old Police Authority. However, on taking office, I had to put in place the basics of doing business, which included branding, templates and other practical items. Over time these will save money and resources as we are now pretty much self-sufficient."
North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has been criticised for spending more than £10,000 on branding when her force needs to find savings of £16m.
Julia Mulligan defended her decision to pay consultants £10,462 for a “distinctive and recognisable brand identity” - saying her budget is "completely separate" from that of North Yorkshire Police.
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Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, says he has called Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner to question him over events which have happened over the last few months.
Alan Hardwick suspended Neil Rhodes, temporary Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police, over "potential conduct matters".
Mr Rhodes returned to work after winning a High Court ruling against his suspension.
Lincolnshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick has been summoned to appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee today.
He will be questioned over events which have taken place since he took up the office last year. He could be questioned over his suspension of temporary Chief Constable Neil Rhodes.
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove says he wants to appoint a youth crime ambassador for North Lincolnshire - and three more to work in other parts of the force's area.
He says he plans to work with young people in the Humber region, following the appointment of a 'Youth PCC' in Kent.
The news comes after a 17-year-old who was appointed Britain's first youth police commissioner has stepped down amid a scandal over offensive material she posted on Twitter.