he is effectively also to be in charge of the Met through a new Office for Policing and Crime, the Metropolitan Police Authority apparently having been abolished at Christmas), are to be asked to elect somebody to run policing (and crime?) in your local police jurisdiction. These Commissioners are to replace Police Authorities which used to be an indirectly elected collection of local councilors and other appointed worthies (at least one Magistrate), which approved budgets and kept the Chief Constable in check. Like the new fad in elected Mayors, these new Commissioners are going to have lots of Executive authority concentrated in their single sets of hands, but overseen by a "Panel" (which will in fact be a Committee of the local authority (ies) with some worthies co-opted and will in fact be just like the old Police Authority).
Baron Prescott, of Kingston upon Hull in the County of East Yorkshire is standing for election as a Commissioner.
This may encourage other clapped out ex-politicians to re-invigorate their careers via this dubious innovation. Poor Chief Constables, not only must they fight crime, they will now have face Prescott and his ilk...Bring back the Custos Rotulorum!
The Home Office explains it all beautifully: