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Cabinet updated on Police and Crime Commissioner Elections


12:01am 15th May 2012

City of York Council's Cabinet will receive a report next week, which outlines details for an elected Police and Crime Commissioner for York and North Yorkshire.

At a meeting on May 15th Cabinet will discuss the changes in legislation (the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011), that will be in force later this year and will see police authorities replaced with directly elected Police and Crime Commissioners.

The Commissioner, who will be elected in November, will decide on policing strategy, the force budget and will appoint the chief constable. The Commissioner will have a remit to ensure community safety, to prevent crime and tackle drugs but will not have day-to-day control over operational policing.  

Each police force area will also have a Police and Crime Panel which hold the Commissioner to account on behalf of the community this will be made up of local councillors and also be in place from November.

Elections for Commissioner take place on 15 November 2012.   The council is taking a lead role for the Police Authority area, with City of York Council's Chief Executive  Kersten England the designated Police Area Returning Officer for North Yorkshire and York.   The area has an electorate of around 600,000 with 730 polling stations and approximately 90,000 postal voters.

Cllr Sandy Fraser, Cabinet Member for Crime and Community Safety, said:

"Throughout these forthcoming changes we are committed to ensuring the focus on partnership working and delivering community safety across the city is retained.

"I am also asking the council to look at how we increase the general public's awareness of these imminent elections given the limited information so far given to the issue by the Government and the intention to limit information about the nominated candidates to online information only."

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