There has been very little information round here too, other than a couple of 2 minute radio/TV interviews with each of the four candidates. I have voted, because I think it is wrong not to and also gives me a better right to moan should I not agree with things. I have chosen the independent candidate who also happens to be a time served (30 years) ex-police officer, at least he should have an idea what is required even if he is not able to implement it due to financial and political constraints. According to the polling station staff very few people have turned out.
According to some media reports, they were expecting less than 18% turnout, but no doubt this will be confirmed as true or not after the votes are counted. My own local voting station at 1.30pm had done very little business doing the morning, perhaps things will pick up before 10.00pm when the polling station closes?.
One thing I find interesting is the way the message is being pushed of how the elected PCC will be accountable to the public. The way I understand is that a 'new' Police and Crime Panel will have the final say on any changes or decisions being made. This panel will consist of representatives from local authorities within the PCC area. The public will have no say, as to who these representatives will be, so looking at the previous Police Authority panel, there is likely to very little change, especially were local politics might become involved?.