What will Police and Crime Commissioners do?
- Commissioners will be local figures with powerful mandates from the public to drive the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.
- Commissioners will decide policing strategy and the force budget. They will set the local council tax precept and appoint - and if necessary dismiss - the chief constable. And all of this will be done on behalf of the public who elect them.
- Police and Crime Commissioners will replace the existing police authorities and have a much larger role.
- As their title - Police and Crime Commissioners - suggests they will have a broad remit to ensure community safety, with their own budgets to prevent crime and tackle drugs.
- Working with local authorities, community safety partnerships and local criminal justice boards, Commissioners will help bring a strategic coherence to the actions of these organisations across each police force.
- The Commissioners will also have responsibility for strategic policing - they will have to address national issues as well as local concerns.