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Police and crime commissioner candidates for South Wales and Dyfed-Powys

By V_Jones  |  Posted: November 12, 2012

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The public will go to the polls on Thursday, November 15, to elect police and crime commissioners, powerful new posts that come with the ability to control police budgets, hire and fire chief constables and decide policing priorities.Each force in Wales and England — except in London — will have an elected commissioner who will replace the existing police authorities.

Scotland, where policing is devolved, is not introducing the system.

The UK Government says commissioners will make police forces more accountable to the communities they serve — but opponents claim they will lead to party politicians having influence over policing.Read about the four candidates in the South Wales Police election below.Labour's Alun Michael.Former MP Alun Michael wants bad behaviour tackled early.South Wales Police commissioner candidate Alun Michael plans to target violence.Caroline Jones for the Conservatives.Police Commissioner candidate Caroline Jones backs call to deny prisoners a vote.Police commissioner hopeful Caroline Jones to help victims.Independent candidate Mike Baker.'Police commissioner should know justice system'Politicians 'will remove police's independence'Independent candidate Tony Verderame.South Wales police commissioner candidate keen to tackle social issues.Police hopeful's pledge to help younger people.There are two candidates in the Dyfed-Powys election.Christine Gwyther for Labour.Dyfed-Powys Police commissioner candidate ready to listen to communities.Police candidate promises an open approach to role.Christopher Salmon for the Conservatives.Candidate's pledge to tackle 'minor crimes'Commissioners could be a sharp weapon in the war on drugs, Christopher Salmon believes.

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