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Federation congratulates new PCC

The people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland have elected Lord Willy Bach as the new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

No overall majority was decided after first preference votes so the count took in second preference votes, which secured the Labour peer the role with a majority of around 20,000.

He will replace outgoing PCC Sir Clive Loader, who did not stand for re-election.

"We would like to congratulate the new PCC on his election success," says Tiff Lynch, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation, "We enjoyed a good working relationship with Sir Clive and look forward to building on this and forming an effective way of working with Lord Bach during his term of office.

"The last five years have been challenging for police forces across the country as we have faced cuts to police budgets and extensive reform. It will be interesting to hear about the new PCC's ideas and plans for policing in Leicestershire."

A total of 155,682 ballot papers were submitted - a 20.25 per cent overall turn-out, up on 16 per cent four years ago when the first PCC elections were held.

Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced by the Conservative Government to replace police authorities. They ensure the Force is held to account and that the policing needs of communities are met as effectively as possible.

However, the Chief Constable remains responsible for the running of the Force and operational policing.

PCCs are responsible for appointing and dismissing chief constables, holding them to account for the performance of the Force, setting the Force's strategy and policing priorities and ensuring value for money policing.