Your chance to stand in Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner election

An election for Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner takes place on Thursday, May 5, and if you are interested in the job there is still time to put yourself forward.sussex-police-logo

First you will need the backing of 100 electors and a deposit of £5,000.

Closing date for nominations is 4pm on Thursday, April 7, and the person to contact if you would like to know more about the procedure is Charles Lant, returning officer for the election. He can be contacted at paro@wealden.gov.uk.

The current Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner is Katy Bourne.

Mr Lant said the police and crime commissioner was responsible for policing across Sussex.

He added: “They bring a public voice to policing. Their job is to ensure the policing needs of the public are met as effectively as possible and overseeing how crime is tackled by the police.”

Candidates

Mr Lant said a number of candidates had already come forward to stand in the elections.

The role is open to anyone over 18 who is on the electoral roll of one of the districts or boroughs in East or West Sussex, or Brighton and Hove.

Certain jobs disqualify you from standing. They include being a police officer, police community support officer, judge or an employee of a council in the police force area and anybody who has ever been convicted of an imprisonable offence would not be allowed to stand.

£5,000 deposit

Mr Lant said candidates would need to have the backing of 100 local electors and provide a £5,000 deposit before their nominations were accepted.

There’s more information about the election on the Wealden Council website.

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