These are the four candidates for next month's election for Northamptonshire's police, fire and crime commissioner

The person who oversees both the county’s police force and fire and rescue service is elected every four years

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 5:42 pm

Four candidates are standing in next month's election for the office of police, fire and crime commissioner (PFCC) in Northamptonshire.

The election will take place on May 6 and the counting of ballot papers and declaration of the result is scheduled for May 10.

The candidates are: Ana Savage Gunn, Liberal Democrat; Mark Anthony Hearn, Reform UK; Stephen Graham Mold, Conservative; Clare Patricia Meechan Pavitt, Labour and Co-operative.

The Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is based at Wootton Hall along with the county's police force
The Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner is based at Wootton Hall along with the county's police force

Every four years, a PFCC is elected to oversee both the county’s police force and fire and rescue service.

The Office of the Northamptonshire PFCC states on its website: 'PFCCs are directly responsible for the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force and must hold the chief constable to account for the exercise of their functions and those under their direction and control.

'PFCCs also have statutory powers in relation to bringing together community safety and criminal justice partners, to co-operate with the commission and formulate and implement strategies across the police area.

'In addition to these statutory duties, PFCCs receive all the funding relating to policing and reducing crime and, after consulting the chief constable, will be responsible for how it is spent. PFCCs are also responsible for setting the policing precept for their area.

'PFCCs also must issue a Police and Crime Plan and ensure that the views of local people and victims of crime are sought before the precept is set and the Police and Crime Plan is issued.

'PFCCs are also responsible for appointing the chief constable and remove them from office when necessary (as long as the relevant legal requirements are met).'

For more information about the local elections in Northamptonshire visit westnorthants.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy/elections-2021.