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The first elections of police and crime commissioners will take place on 15th November 2012 - but who are they and what will they do?
Police and crime commissioners' role
This is a new role and the job of the PCC will be to oversee the police and ensure they are prioritising what matters to people in their area.
Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, with the idea that they bring communities closer to the police, build confidence in the system and restore trust.
PCCs will make and influence key decisions on everything from CCTV, street lighting and graffiti to tackling gangs and drug-dealing.
Their job is to listen to the public and then respond to their needs.
The first elections of police and crime commissioners will take place on 15 November 2012. Find out about the elections, who can vote and where elections are taking place.
In Hampshire, the candidates are:
David Ian Goodall
Simon Alexander Hayes
(Conservative Party Candidate)
(Labour Party Candidate)
Stephen Michael West
(The Justice and Anti-Corruption Party)