Vote for your Thames Valley Police and Crime CommissionerBy Hugh Fort
October 08, 2012
People across Bracknell Forest will be able to vote for their first ever Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner at an election next month.
The poll will held around the borough on Thursday, November 15, and anyone interesting in standing can still register.
The comissioners will be responsible for how crime is tackled in their police force areas and will aim to ensure the police deliver an effective and efficient service.
Anyone interested in standing must be aged over 18, be registered to vote, have 100 signatures backing their candidancy and be able to pay a deposit of £5,000.
Deposits will be returned to people who get more than five per cent of the vote
Some people are not allowed to stand including people who work for the police or a local council, or anyone with a conviction of an imprisonable offence.
The deadline for applications is on Friday, October 19,
Poll cards are issued on Monday, October 22, and the full list of candidates for the Thames Valley will be published the next day.
Polling stations will be announced closer to the time and will be open between 7am and 10pm.
The count will take place on Saturday, November 16.
Timothy Wheadon, the Local Area Returning Offcer for the PCC election and chief executive of Bracknell Forest Council, said:
“The election of a PCC on November 15 will be the biggest change in how the police service is structured for many years.
"Everyone who is registered to vote will have the opportunity to exercise their vote and have their say on the fuure of policing in the Thames Valley."
Anyone wanting to stand can contact the PARO Electoral Registration Office on (01296) 585 807.
For more information on the candidates already standing visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk.