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Police and Crime Commissioners Elections – Hustings Harlaston 12th July

June 19, 2012

On 15th November, 2012, there will be elections for Police and Crime Commissioners. This is a new, important position that replaces the Police Authority. The Police and Crime Commissioner’s area covers the whole of Staffordshire, including the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

Our Police and Crime Commissioners will:

a. Be a local figure with a powerful mandate from the public to drive the fight against crime and anti-social behaviour.
b. Decide policing strategy and the force budget, set the local council tax precept and appoint and, if necessary, dismiss the Chief Constable.
c. Replace the existing Police Authority.
d. Work closely with local authorities, community safety partnerships and local criminal justice boards.
e. Be supported by a highly qualified team.
f. Be responsible for strategic policing, having to address national issues as well as local concerns, but without day to day control over operational policing.
g. Be where the buck stops!!
Our candidate needs to be of high calibre for what will be a high profile and public role; a leader; and able to work with the police and other agencies whilst engaging with the public and the media.

For the past few months the Area Management Executive, in consultation with all Associations in Staffordshire and Stoke, has been working to get a short list of candidates.

However, it is for the members who live in Staffordshire to make the final decision on who the Conservative candidate will be.

Therefore we are inviting all members to attend one of a series of hustings where you will meet the Candidates, listen to them, ask questions of them and, at the end of the meeting, vote for your preferred candidate by secret ballot.

These meetings are open to all members of the Conservative Party who live within Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent. Unfortunately there can be no postal or proxy voting.

The meetings are as follows:

Thursday 12th July – Harlaston Village Hall, Harlaston. This meeting will commence at 7:30pm, with an approximate finish time between 9:30pm and 10:00pm

Friday 13th July – Codsall Village Hall, Codsall. This meeting will commence at 7:30pm, with an approximate finish time between 9:30pm and 10:00pm

Saturday 14th July – Fulford Village Hall, Fulford. This meeting will commence at 2:00pm, with an approximate finish time of 6:00pm. Our candidate will be announced after this meeting.

Members may attend any meeting, but may only attend one.

These are very important meetings for a very important post – I do hope you will be able to attend.

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