Web poll: Are Police and Crime Commissioners a good idea?

The new Harrogate Police Station on Beckwith Head Road, off Otley Road, near Harlow Carr and Beckwithshaw.
The new Harrogate Police Station on Beckwith Head Road, off Otley Road, near Harlow Carr and Beckwithshaw.
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In the light of the announcement of the candidates for the role of Police and Crime Commissioner, we are asking if you think the post is a good idea.

To vote in our online poll, simply click on ‘yes’ or ‘no’ below the question to the right of this story.

The Commissioner will be responsible for holding the Chief Constable and police force to account, draw up a crime plan for West Yorkshire and make sure the police are providing a good service.

Polling will take place on Thursday, November 15, and the winner will be announced the following day.

Voters will be asked to rank their choices in order of preference, in a single transferable vote (STV) system.

Information about the candidates has been made available by the Home Office at www.choosemypcc.co.uk

And leaflets will be distributed to homes next week.

People need to have registered to vote by Wednesday, October 31.

For help registering, contact electoral services on 01924 305023.

The two Police and Crime Commissioner candidates announced for North Yorkshire are as follows.

Julia Mulligan is a former Craven district councillor and Parliamentary candidate in Leeds North West, while Ruth Potter currently represents Heworth ward on the City of York council.

The four candidates standing in the West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections have been announced.

Mark Burns-Williamson, the former chairman of West Yorkshire Police Authority (WYPA) and a local councillor for Castleford, is representing the Labour Party.

Geraldine Carter, a former WYPA member and local councillor in Calderdale, is standing for the Conservatives.

Andrew Marchington, a former WYPA member, former Kirklees community safety committee chairman and local councillor for Kirklees, is representing the Liberal Democrats.

And independent candidate Cedric Christie, a former detective inspector, will also stand for the new role.