During Home Office questions in the House of Commons yesterday I asked the Minister of State for Police, Mike Penning MP, what action was being taken to ensure the improved turnout in next year’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections.
Next year the PCC elections will be held on the same day as the Welsh Assembly elections. Turnout for the PCC elections last time was only 15.1% nationally. Commissioners are responsible for setting policing budgets and placing focus on what your local police force focuses its resources on.
I called on the government to provide a freepost service to candidates so that awareness of the competing candidates could be sent to each and everyone one of the electorate.
The turnout in the first Police and Crime Commissioner elections was dismal across the country. In North Wales turnout was a pathetic 14.83%, and that was one of the better turnouts. I want the government to roll out a freepost service across the nation for these elections. It’s important that the public have more engagement with the police and crime commissioner role and increasing interest in the election is one way If the government wants Police and Crime Commissioners to be taken seriously they need to do everything possible to improve legitimacy.
You can read my full question here.