On 21st August, residents in the West Midlands police force area take to the polls to elect a new police and crime commissioner.
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) are elected to hold the police to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see. Their aim is to cut crime and to ensure your police force is effective. They are there to ensure the policing needs of the public are met as effectively as possible and to oversee how crime is tackled by the police.
They bring a public voice to policing and do this is by:
engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans;
ensuring the police force budget is spent where it matters most; and
appointing, and where necessary dismissing, the chief constable.
Residents in the West Midlands will be getting a booklet delivered to their home with information about the candidates standing for election, and information is also available online at Choose My PCC.
Represent the entire community
PCCs are required to swear an oath of impartiality when they are elected to office. The oath is designed so that PCCs can set out publicly their commitment to tackling their new role with integrity. It reflects the commitment police officers make to serve every member of the public impartially and makes clear that they are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate.