Have your say: Elected police commissioners

News from The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk: Cambridgeshire constabulary police force
News from The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk: Cambridgeshire constabulary police force
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Have your say

IN November this year the Cambridgeshire Police Authority will hand over its powers to a police commissioner – one of 41 overseeing police services in each county across the UK.

Directly elected commissioners will replace police authorities, which oversee force budgets, and ministers say it will make police more accountable locally and take power away from Whitehall.

Each commissioner will be elected for four years and will be required to publish a police and crime plan, setting out the police and crime objectives of the force area.

Commissioners can sack chief constables - but neither they or the chief constables can be sacked by the Home Secretary, except in specific circumstances.

Chief Constable Simon Parr has said he had no problem being held to account but added that his reservation was whether one person can listen properly to all the different communities the force serves.

The salary range of the prestigious role is likely to be between £65,000 and £100,000.

Anyone can stand for election, providing they are 18 years of age or over, and resident in the police force area. They must not hold a conviction for an imprisonable offence, and or be a serving civil servant, judge, police officer, member of police staff or member of a police authority or member of the regular armed forces.

Peterborough City Council deputy leader Matthew Lee has previously said he would consider standing for the role, while across the country everyone from former backbencher MPs to Jeremy Clarkson and Jordan have indicated interest.

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The Evening Telegraph is planning a feature on Cambridgeshire Police Authority handing over its powers to a police commissioner and what it means for Peterborough, and would like to know your opinions.

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