PM backs police role

DAVID Cameron says he is determined to push through plans to elect a new Police Commissioner for Northamptonshire.

The PM said the proposals to hold an election for the newly-created role are essential as part of an overall drive to push down crime in the county.

He said: “This is a big job for a big local figure. It’s a voice for the people of Northamptonshire, someone to lead the fight against crime and someone you’ll be able to hold to account if they don’t deliver.

“This isn’t just for politicians, but community leaders and pioneers of all sorts.”

Elections for the police commissioner role are due to take place in November and have been criticised in some quarters as being a waste of Government money.

Newly-elected police chiefs, who will set priorities and budgets for forces in England and Wales, could earn up to £100,000 a year.