A POLL conducted on the Blackmore Vale Magazine's website revealed a disappointing lack of interest in the forthcoming election for the person charged with providing effective policing across their constabulary.
Police Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will receive a salary of between £65,000 and £100,000 and will have the power to hire and dismiss chief constables and to set their force's budget and its policing priorities.
Only 11 people completed the online poll at www.thisisdorset.co.uk, which compares miserably with the 900-plus responses to our recent wind turbine survey. Of those who did contribute to the latest poll, 66 per cent felt that their constabulary does not need a PCC, 17 per cent thought it was needed and 17 per cent were undecided.
Elections take place on Thursday 15th November from 7am to 10pm. Full details are available from your district council.
Meet Dorset's candidates
Dorset's PCC candidates are attending a public meeting in Shaftesbury tonight (Friday).
The county's four candidates, Andrew James Canning (Liberal Democrat), Nick King (Conservative), Rachel Rogers (Labour) and Martyn Underhill (Independent), have been invited to present their policies at Shaftesbury Town Hall at 7pm.
The meeting will be chaired by Shaftesbury and District Task Force chairman Mike Madgwick.
A spokesman for the event said: "Residents are encouraged to attend and meet the individuals who will be determining who will be our next Chief Constable, how budgets are set, what will be the community policing priorities and how government cuts will translate to local policing in action.
"This will be the only opportunity people in this area have to meet the candidates face to face and all are encouraged to come along to let them know through questions and answers what this part of Dorset expects from the changes now afoot."
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