Police and Crime Commissioner – draft prospectus update
Central Bedfordshire Together Board approved the draft Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) prospectus on 8 March 2012.
Developed by the Community Safety Partnership, the prospectus is intended to raise the awareness and understanding of prospective candidates standing as the PCC of Central Bedfordshire’s issues.
It provides an opportunity to ensure that PCC candidates understand how the various partnerships in Central Bedfordshire work, and to have clarity on Central Bedfordshire issues and priorities.
What will the PCC do?
The PCC for Central Bedfordshire will be elected in November 2012 for a four year term. Their duties will include setting a five year Police and Crime Plan for the police force area, setting the force budget and determining the precept, and the hiring (and where necessary firing) of the Chief Constable. They will also hold the Chief Constable to account.
The Community Safety Partnership and the PCC will have regard to each other’s priorities when drawing up the Police Crime Plan and the Partnership’s Strategic Assessment.
The prospectus outlines:
- About Central Bedfordshire, including information on population, demographics, geographics, employment, education, health, deprivation, crime levels and our vision for Central Bedfordshire;
- Information on Central Bedfordshire Together’s thematic partnerships – the Community Safety Partnership, Healthier Communities and Older People, Stronger Communities, Environment and Economy and the Children’s Trust;
- Golden Threads – income generation, growth opportunities, collaborative work with Bedford and Luton Boroughs, countywide initiatives, projected work for the next two years and consultation and engagement; and
- Moving forward – gaps that may need further work or review.
What happens now?
The draft prospectus will be shared with Luton and Bedford Borough Councils to agree a final version with input from all involved.
Following a consultation period, the final version will be brought back to the Central Bedfordshire Together Board for final approval on 28 June 2012.
Want to find out more?
For more information, contact Joy Craven, Community Safety Partnership Manager, Central Bedfordshire Council on 0300 300 74649.