A new era in policing

Nick Herbert, Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, has given a speech announcing "a new era in policing", giving a "clarion call for prospective candidates to step forward" to become Police and Crime Commissioners.

One year tomorrow on 22 November 2012, 41 PCCs will take office across England and Wales, one for every police force area outside of London.

Today Mr Herbert told an audience at the Institute for Government, that these elected PCCs will need to be "outstanding leaders" as they will be "hugely important" figures in the communities they represent. Mr Herbert explained that the PCCs will not be expected to the run the police, but to be "the voice of the people", holding the police to account.

The Conservative Party has launched a section of its website for those interested in finding out more about the role of PCCs: www.conservatives.com/policecommissioners

Candidates don't have to be politicians to stand. The Conservative Party is keen to hear from people of all backgrounds, who can bring new perspectives to a service that hasn't always represented the communities it polices. Women, people from ethnic minorities and disabled people are under-represented in elected office. This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to stand and to make a difference.

Nick Herbert said:

'I want dynamic leaders, community champions, pioneers and entrepreneurs to consider standing for this office. We need people of real calibre who have built or led organisations and who are committed to public service to step forward.

'Candidates could have experience in the private, voluntary or public sector. We want people from all backgrounds, who can bring new perspectives to a service that hasn't always represented the communities it polices. Women, people from ethnic minorities and disabled people are under-represented in elected office.

'This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to stand and to make a difference'.