POLICE and Crime Commissioners are a new idea for England and Wales and the first incumbents will take their posts in November of this year.
They will be elected representatives whose aim is to secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force within their area (ours being Lincolnshire), and to hold the Chief Constable to account.
Police and Crime Commissioners will be charged overseeing police funds and raising the local policing precept from council tax.
Police and Crime Commissioners will also be responsible for the appointment, suspension and dismissal of the Chief Constable.
They will also, along with the Chief Constable, create a plan which includes their objectives for policing, what resources will be provided to the Chief Constable and how performance will be measured.
The first elections take place on November 15.