Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were introduced in 2012 by the coalition government to replace the existing police authorities.
The PCC is responsible for setting the strategic direction and accountability for their area, and for setting strategic policing priorities as part of a five year Police & Crime Plan for their force area.
They are responsible for the budget and for setting the level of precept from Council Tax, and so will have a strong influence on the resources available for policing.
Additionally, in the future they may also be responsible for the fire and ambulance services.
The upcoming PCC elections present the NFU and its members with an opportunity to challenge candidates to make much needed commitments towards rural policing, and this publication helps identify the main issues facing rural communities and some solutions for them.