Four candidates go head-to-head today to become Dorset’s first Police and Crime Commissioner. The new commissioner will take over the current responsibilities of Dorset Police Authority.

The Job

The Commissioner will:

* Hold the chief constable to account for the delivery of the force

* Set and update a police and crime plan

* Set the force budget and precept

* Engage with the public and communities

* Appoint and, where necessary dismiss, the chief constable

The Police and Crime Commissioners will replace police authorities in 41 areas and will be paid a salary between £65,000 and £100,000, depending on the size of the force area.

The Candidates

Click the links at the top for profiles of the candidates.

The Vote

You'll be able to choose a first and second preference at the ballot. Watch this video to find out more.


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