Polling stations open for Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner election
Polling stations across Somerset have opened this morning as residents get the chance to vote for who they want to be in charge of overseeing policing in the county.
Elections for the first Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) are taking place between 7am and 10pm today.
Results are expected to be announced tomorrow, and the new PCC will begin his or her new role on Thursday, November 22.
The new £85,000-a-year PCC will have wide ranging powers over policing and the criminal justice system in Somerset - including a mandate to hire or fire chief constables.
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PCCs will also set the force's priorities and oversee its budget.
The four candidates for Avon and Somerset are Pete Levy (Liberal Democrat), Ken Maddock (Conservative), Sue Mountstevens (Independent) and John Savage (Labour).
MEET THE CANDIDATES
View the video below to see an online advert about the new Police and Crime Commissioner roles.