Jacob Stuart writes:
Next week, counties all over England and Wales will be voting for the first time on a newly created role aimed at heading up the local police forces.
The police and crime commissioners are meant to bring the public closer to the policing in terms of access and accountability.
I believe this is something that has been missing from the police force as long as I have known it.
Bringing in the community to state what they feel are the issues with crime in their area should mean a swifter resolution to the problems than what has been available.
In order to make this a success for the area however, we need to do our part and turn out to vote.
The result of this election will be extremely important to Grantham and as each of the candidates have their own takes on how to tackle the position, we owe it to ourselves to find out what they stand for, what they aim to do and go vote for whoever we feel will do the best job for Grantham and Lincolnshire as a whole.
This approach to policing has been a long time coming and now that it’s finally here we need to support it and take advantage of it to help clear crime from Grantham.
l Do you agree with Jacob’s comments? Will the introduction of a police and crime commissioner make policing more accountable? Will the new role allow members of the communities served the opportunity to make their voices heard on issues they feel should be made a priority? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org