In England (except London) and Wales, there is a brand new opportunity for influencing the police. New police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will be elected on Thursday 15 November 2012. They will take on the role of existing police authorities, holding chief constables and the wider police force to account. In London, the mayor already has these powers and in Northern Ireland the police service is structured differently.
Where PCCs are elected, chief constables will still be responsible for the day to day running of their police force, but they will be accountable to the public through PCCs. PCCS will be in charge of appointing chief constables as well as setting the force’s priorities and deciding how their money is spent.
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