15 November set for Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Election of a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will take place on November 15, 2012 with Stoke-on-Trent acting as the lead authority and being responsible for administering the election across the police force area.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Paul Hackney has been appointed as Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) designate.

The role of a Police and Crime Commissioner is to work with the public, the police and local partners to ensure effective policing, as well as contributing to national requirements.They are also elected by the public to hold chief constables to accountfor the running of their force.

Assistant director legal services and Police Area Returning Officer designate, Paul Hackney, said

We have been given the responsibility to manage the election process for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent area. This is a vital role aimed at ensuring that the police are held accountable for their actions while also providing a link between them and the public.

To make clear, this is not a local election and will not have any effect on the make-up of the city council.

In total 41 Police and Crime Commissioners across the UK will be elected on a police force area basis.

The annual canvass of the register of electors has been brought forward by government to ensure that the registers used for the PCC elections are as accurate and up to date as possible.

Last May the city council moved to all-out elections. This means that all city council seats are up for election at the same time every four years. The next scheduled city council elections will take place in May 2015, almost certainly coinciding with a parliamentary election. Other authorities across Staffordshire may, however, have local elections before that time.

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