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Conservative Party Steps Up Attempts To Attract Police And Crime Commissioners

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The Conservative party is stepping up its attempts to attract candidates to be Police and Crime Commissioners with the launch of a new website.

The move comes as policing minister Nick Herbert said he was issuing a "clarion call" for candidates - and after a warning in an Institute for Government report that the success of the crime chiefs will "depend heavily" on the right applicants, including independents, standing for election.

Co-chairman of the Conservative Party Baroness Warsi, said the commissioner positions would give "people a real say" about policing in their communities.

“As a Party, we have already launched consultations with local Associations about candidate selection and we look forward to seeing strong candidates come forward for these positions.”

Herbert earlier called for "dynamic leaders, community champions, pioneers and entrepreneurs" to think about standing, saying: 

“We need people of real calibre who have built or led organisations and who are committed to public service to step forward.”

Police commissioners will oversee police budgets, set priorities, and will have the power to hire-and-fire chief constables.
However as they will be elected within existing areas, there are fears they will focus on high visibility local issues while problems such as terrorism fall off the radar.