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Voters decide today who will be Derbyshire’s first-ever Police and Crime Commissioner

File photo dated 06/05/2010 of a voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at the polling station at Market Hall in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. Voters overwhelmingly believe there should be a referendum on Britain's relationship with the European Union, according to an opinion poll tonight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 11, 2012. The survey by Populus for The Times found almost half - 49% - wanted a referendum immediately while a further third - 33% - believed there should be one

File photo dated 06/05/2010 of a voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at the polling station at Market Hall in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. Voters overwhelmingly believe there should be a referendum on Britain's relationship with the European Union, according to an opinion poll tonight. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday June 11, 2012. The survey by Populus for The Times found almost half - 49% - wanted a referendum immediately while a further third - 33% - believed there should be one "in the next few years". See PA story POLITICS Poll. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Voters are taking to the polls to elect Derbyshire’s first-ever Police and Crime Commissioner.

Polling stations have opened across the county as residents get the chance to vote for who they want to be in charge of overseeing policing in the county.

The elections are taking place until 10pm today and results are expected to be announced tomorrow with the new PCC taking up the £85,000-a-year role at the end of the month.

PCCs will be responsible for hiring and dismissing chief constables and deciding force budgets.

Labour candidate Alan Charles, Conservative candidate Simon Spencer, UKIP candidate David Gale and independent candidate Rod Hutton will contest the election.

For more information about the candidates, click here.

Keep checking our website for updates on the PCC election – and don’t forget to vote in our poll on the right.

 

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