On 15 November, residents in Birmingham will have the chance to vote for a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for the West Midlands.
On 18 October you'll have the chance to tell them what matters to you.
What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?
The Police and Crime Commissioner will have a broad range of powers. They will set policing priorities – from graffiti to domestic violence to terrorism. Importantly, they will have control over both the policing and the crime prevention budget. This means they will decide levels of funding for youth clubs, refuges and drug treatment centres as well as for policing.
Why should I be interested?
If you are concerned about the use of stop and search, if you would like more community engagement, if you think the police force in your area is not representative, this is your opportunity to demand a change.
Perhaps you work on crime and justice issues. The new Commissioner will have a role in allocating budgets. Now is the time to lobby them on what you think their commissioning priorities should be.
What is this event about?
We've gathered together all the main candidates so you can tell them the issues that matter to communities in Birmingham. You'll have the chance to ask them about a range of topics, including:
the closure of local police stations
the high rate of stop and search affecting some communities
anti-social behaviour (in some areas, the rate is more than twice as high as the regional average)
the way ordinary people are treated by police officers
anything else that matters to you
: Thursday 18 October
: Handsworth Community Fire Safety Centre, 41 Rookery Road Handsworth, Birmingham B21 9QU
Places are free but must be booked in advance. To book a place email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0121 237 3608.