In November 2012, Mark Burns-Williamson was elected by the public as the first West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and was given responsibility for the way in which policing is delivered in West Yorkshire. This includes setting policing priorities through a Police and Crime Plan and then spending the police budget in a way that addresses these priorities.
Police and Crime Panel
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 was passed by parliament on Thursday, 15 September 2011 and one of the key parts of the Act was to introduce the role of an elected police and crime commissioner for each of the 41 police force areas in England and Wales outside London.
Each police force area held an election on Thursday, 15 November 2012 for the first Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).
How can I find out more?
The Electoral Commission for information about the elections on 0120 7271 0500 or visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk
The Home Office for information about candidates on 0800 1070708 or visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk