Disclaimer: Your blogger’s views on Police & Crime Commissioners are unchanged from 2012. They are a waste of time and money, politicise the police (regardless of whether you vote for a party or an independent candidate), and have so few powers as to be useless in any meaningful way. However, elections are decided by those who turn out to vote, and by not voting you are only increasing the volume of the voices of others.
Along with the close of local election nominations, nominations have also closed for Essex Police & Crime Commissioner candidates. The incumbent, Nick Alston, is not seeking re-election, so whoever wins on 5th May there will be a new Commissioner.