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Police and Crime Commissioner count underway

Policemen Ballots are being verified and counted across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight today (Friday 16 November) for Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election for the Hampshire Police Authority area.

On Thursday 15 November, elections took place across England and Wales for new style Police and Crime Commissioners. The people of Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight went to the polls to vote for one person to oversee policing.

The Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner will take up office on 22 November 2012 and the existing Hampshire Police Authority will be disestablished. This election is for an initial term of three and a half years. In future, a term of office will be for four years. This is a radical reform aimed at strengthening democratic accountability of the police service.

How the results will be announced

A Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) from Southampton City Council has been appointed to manage the election process for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The result is expected to be announced later today in the Southampton City Council, council chamber and will be posted online when available.

The full list of candidates is available here.
For the most up to date guidance on these elections visit the Electoral Commission's website.
For more information on the role of Police and Crime Commissioner head to the Home Office website.

Support and scrutiny – the Police and Crime Panel

The PCC will be held to account and supported by Hampshire’s Police and Crime Panel (PCP).

The local authorities in Hampshire are responsible for establishing and maintaining the PCP. Hampshire County Council has been identified as the lead authority for these arrangements.

In Hampshire, the PCP comprises 15 Councillors (one from each of the local authorities within the policing area, including Hampshire county, boroughs and districts, the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton) plus an additional two co-opted members. With the permission of the Secretary of State, the PCP may appoint a further three co-opted persons.

More information about the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel