POLICE COMMISSIONER: The role and its powers

POLICE and crime commissioners will have limited powers, with operational management left to the chief constable.

However, they will have the power to appoint and dismiss the chief constable. Their aim will be to cut crime and deliver efficient police services within their areas.

Here are some of their main duties and powers:

l Commissioners will set out a five-year plan describing what they hope to achieve.

l They will be required to determine local police priorities and set a local precept and the annual force budget.

l Commissioners will have a duty to consult the public and have regard to council priorities.

l They will be able to require a report from the chief constable at any time and delegate functions of the police, but will not be responsible for carrying them out.

It is understood that the Liberal Democrat Party opposes the role and may not put up a candidate in Lincolnshire.