Police elections ‘affect all’

Erika Redfearn, chief executive for the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in South Yorkshire.
Erika Redfearn, chief executive for the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in South Yorkshire.

THE first chief executive for the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has warned the forthcoming police elections affect everyone.

Erika Redfearn, who took up her new appointment last month, said the November 15 Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections were incredibly important for all to be involved with.

She said: “The PCC will be the conductor for policing and tackling crime for our county and will need to orchestrate the various players, such as local authorities, probation, courts, prisons, fire, transport and health bodies, as well as the voluntary and private sector.

“PCCs will have an impact on businesses by providing supply chain opportunities to small and medium size enterprises in the region. So it doesn’t matter which job you do or where you live – these elections will affect everyone.”

The elected PCCs will replace the Police Authority and will take over duties including overseeing the budget for policing, signing off the police and crime plan and holding the chief constable to account.

Erika said: “This is the biggest change in policing accountability for more than 100 years but it is also a very real opportunity to bring the public closer to policing and crime prevention in decision-making because the PCC’s job will be to oversee the police and ensure they prioritise what matters most to citizens.

“The successful PCC candidate will work with many local partners not only to fight crime but help prevent it and by consulting with victims, will help those affected to have a role in determining what the police should focus on and how.

“This is a massive change in policing and will affect everyone so it is vital that the public are aware of the changes and have their say by voting.”

The final list of candidates for the role of PCC in South Yorkshire will be officially announced on October 19.

South Yorkshire Police Authority launched a ‘Think PCC’ campaign earlier this year to raise public awareness of the new arrangements for police accountability and is holding a public Question Time-style event a week before the PCC elections in November.

The Think PCC debate will see a panel made up of the local PCC candidates taking questions from the public on November 8 at the New York Stadium in Rotherham, with the event webcast live on the Authority’s PCC website.

For more information about the role of the PCC, to apply for tickets to the Think PCC debate event or to watch the event live visit www.southyorks.gov.uk/thinkpcc