This week will see the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections take place, allowing the public to have their say on who they want to oversee their community police forces.
There are 41 elected PCCs across England and Wales, each working to ensure efficient and effective policing for each area. The elected PCC also holds the responsibility of appointing the Chief Constable, setting key objectives for the force, determining the budget, and overseeing the safety of the community.
Despite these important responsibilities, voter turnout in PCC elections has traditionally been rather low, averaging just 15% in 2012 across each of the 41 key areas.
To vote in the PCC elections this Thursday, make sure that you are first registered by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting your local council.
For further information on the upcoming PCC elections, visit https://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/
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