Epping Forest residents head to the polls to choose Essex Police's first police and crime commissioner

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Polls open for county's first ever police commissioner elections Polls open for county's first ever police commissioner elections

VOTERS are heading to polls across Epping Forest today to choose the district’s first police and crime commissioner.

Polls opened across the district at 7am and will close at 10pm.

The six candidates running in Essex are Conservative candidate Nick Alston, Labour candidate Val Morris-Cook, UK Independence Party candidate Andrew Smith, Robin Tilbrook of the English Democrats and independent candidates Linda Belgrove and Mick Thwaites.

The winner will be responsible for setting the force’s priorities, overseeing its budget and hiring its chief constable.

Every force in the country will have its own commissioner, but critics claim there is no demand for a move which could politicise policing.

Results are expected to be announced tomorrow, with the elected commissioner taking up his or her position from November 22.

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9:24am Thu 15 Nov 12

Walthamster says...

Why not write "Keep politics out of our police forces" on your ballot paper? The last thing we need is to give more power to party politicians, or individuals with their own agenda.
Why not write "Keep politics out of our police forces" on your ballot paper? The last thing we need is to give more power to party politicians, or individuals with their own agenda. Walthamster
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9:52am Thu 15 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Another bureaucratic shambles is promised. One only has to look at some of the inappropriate, Candidates on offer chasing a handsome salary.

In some cases like Prescott, they have a history of wasting public funds running to millions.

Like the Fire Brigade Call centres fiasco.

I agree with above, voice opposition by any means appropriate.
Another bureaucratic shambles is promised. One only has to look at some of the inappropriate, Candidates on offer chasing a handsome salary. In some cases like Prescott, they have a history of wasting public funds running to millions. Like the Fire Brigade Call centres fiasco. I agree with above, voice opposition by any means appropriate. Cornbeefur
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