I would like to welcome you to the first issue of the Police and Crime Commissioners' bulletin - an exclusive service from the Local Government Association (LGA) for prospective Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates in the lead up to the elections on 15 November 2012.
In each fortnightly issue we will give you access to a range of topical briefings focusing on key policing issues, views from partner organisations and a spotlight on regions around the country.
Tomorrow we are launching a prospectus which outlines our offer as the national representative body for police and crime commissioners. As a recipient of this first bulletin I am pleased to be able to give you an exclusive preview of this prospectus.
Police and Crime Commissioners' Association our prospectus
Last week's Queen's Speech set out a number of legislative issues of particular relevance to PCCs. These included the introduction of the Crime and Courts Bill, the draft Communications Data Bill and the Justice and Security Bill.
LGA summary of relevant PCC issues in the Queen's Speech
I have met many of you over the last few weeks, and you have told me that you would find a bulletin like this helpful. If there are other subject areas you would like us to cover or if you would like briefings on specific issues please do let me know by emailing the Police and Crime Commissioners team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Mehboob Khan
Chairman, LGA Safer and Stronger Communities Board
20 August 2012