Candidates for top cop job can spend £287k

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Geraldine Carter and other candidates for West Yorkshire’s police commissioner election will be allowed to spend up to £287,255 on their campaigns ahead of the November poll.

The figure is based on the size of the population and is the fourth largest of the 40 police force areas.

Councillor Carter (Ryburn), a former Mayor of Calderdale, is the Conservative candidate and Labour has chosen Wakefield councillor Mark Burns-Williamson, who is has been a member of the West Yorkshire Police Authority for 13 years, and its chairman for the last nine years.

Only two candidates have so far declared that they want the £100,000 a year job. Nominations close on October 19 and the election will be on November 15. Candidates need a deposit of £5,000 which will be returned if they receive more than 5 per cent of the votes cast.

The new commissioner will replace the 17 councillors and independent members of the police authority who currently oversee West Yorkshire Police.

He or she will be elected for four years and must publish a police and crime plan setting out objectives and how policing will be resourced. The Chief Constable will remain responsible for everyday operations.