Police forces across England and Wales are facing their biggest change in a generation.
On Thursday 15th November, voters have the chance to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for their local force. The Commissioner will be responsible for:
- Setting budgets
- Setting policing priorities
- Appointing and dismissing Chief Constables
Professor Michael Rowe, who's an expert in criminology at Northumbria University, says Police and Crime Commissioners are potentially powerful figures. He says the role is the first new elected office of its kind for many decades.
– Professor Michael Rowe, Northumbria University
They will represent the local public, they will be holding very significant budgets. In some areas this will be tens, hundreds of millions of pounds in terms of resources and they'll have massive impact potentially.
In the North East, the salaries of Police and Crime Commissioners (or PCCs) are expected to range from £85,000 in the Northumbria force area, to £70,000 in Durham, Cleveland and North Yorkshire.
PCCs will replace the current system of Police Authorities. The Commissioners' work will be scrutinised by a new body: Police and Crime Panels will be set up to check their performance.
Below is a full list of candidates standing for election in the North East and North Yorkshire.
- Sultan Alam (Independent)
- Barry Coppinger (Labour)
- Ken Lupton (Conservative)
- Joe Michna (Green)
- Mike Costello (UK Independence Party)
- Ron Hogg (Labour)
- Kingsley Smith (Independent)
- Nick Varley (Conservative)
- NORTH YORKSHIRE:
- Julia Mulligan (Conservative)
- Ruth Potter (Labour)
- Peter Andras (Liberal Democrat)
- Vera Baird (Labour)
- Alistair Baxter (UK Independence Party)
- Phil Butler (Conservative)
The results of the PCC elections are expected to be announced on Friday 16th November 2012.