Time to choose Nottinghamshire's next police chief
Nottinghamshire will elect it’s next police and crime commissioner today (Thursday).
Unlike with the county council, for the Dispatch area, this will see voters in both Hucknall and Bulwell taking part in the ballot as the PCC election applies to the whole county so everyone will be casting their ballot in the poll.
The PCC role was created by the coalition government back in 2012 to replace the old police authorities.
PCCs are responsible for policing in their counties and to hold chief constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.
There are three candidates for the post in Nottinghamshire – Paddy Tipping (Labour), Caroline Henry (Conservaties) and David Watt (Liberal Democrats).
Mr Tipping has held the post since it was first created back in 2012 but this is the first time the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have both fielded candidates in the same Nottinghamshire PCC elections.
The polls are open until 10pm tonight.