On 15 November 2012, for the first time ever, the public across England and Wales (excluding London) will be able to head to the polls to elect a police and crime commissioner who will be accountable for how crime is tackled in their police force areas.
PCCs will not be expected to run their local police, nor will they replace the Chief Constable who will still be responsible for operational policing. The role of the PCC is to be the voice of the people and hold the police to account.
You can find out more about PCCs on the Home Office website http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/police/police-crime-commissioners/, by contacting Leicestershire Police Authority on 0116 229 8980 or visiting www.leics-pcc.org
Leicestershire Neighbourhoood Watch will be hosting two husting events where you will be able to question the PCC candidates who are standing for election on:
Monday 22 October, 7pm at De Montfort UniversityTuesday 23 October, 7pm at The Museum, Oakham