Elections for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex will be held on 15 November.
The Home Office website gives details about the role of this position and we summaries it below
They will aim to cut crime and deliver an effective and efficient police service within the force area. They will do this by:
- holding the chief constable to account for the delivery of the force
- setting and updating a police and crime plan
- setting the force budget and precept
- regularly engaging with the public and communities
- appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable
The candidates for Essex are:
- Nicholas Alston (Tory)
- Linda Belgrove (Independent)
- Val Morris-Cook (Labour)
- Andrew Smith (UKIP)
- Mick Thwaites (Independent)
- Robin Tilbrook (English Democrats)
Essex Green Party, along with most Green Parties, has decided not to stand in the election which we oppose as, among other reasons, we believe it will lead to the politicising of the Police.
Instead we strongly believe that the role would best be filled by an independent candidate with relevant experience rather than the police being closely associated with a political party. We are particularly concerned about protecting community policing teams and the need for the police to engage with local residents and Councillors about community safety issues.
We have asked the independent candidates a number of questions and will publish their answers here when we receive them.