Former top cop bids to be new police commissioner

“ALWAYS led from the front” was one of the accolades bestowed upon Mick Thwaites when he retired from Essex Police after 37 years service.

And Mick wants to continue to lead from the front as he is bidding to be the police crime commissioner for Essex.

Mr Thwaites is standing as an independent candidate. We spoke to Mr Thwaites about his candidacy, his vision for Essex and Thurrock in particular and how he would shape and reform a number of issues regarding crime that affect residents.

On Thursday 15th November 2012 elections will be held across England and Wales (with the exception of London) to vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for every police area.

The Police & Crime Commissioner’s (PCC) role will involve working with the public, the police and local partners to ensure effective policing as well as contributing to national requirements. The PCC will be responsible for overseeing policing on behalf of more than 1.7 million people in Essex.

He or she will be chosen by an electorate of about 1.4 million and set the Police Council Tax precept for more than 700,000 homes as well as holding the Chief Constable and force to account.

The PCC will have the power to employ and if necessary dismiss the Chief Constable under whom there are more than 6000 officers and staff. The PCC will have responsibility for ensuring an effective and efficient force in everything from counter terrorism and serious and organised crime through a huge range of specialist operations including mobile units, firearms, marine and helicopter operations to local neighbourhood police officers.

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