More than one million registered electors in Sussex will have the chance to vote for the county’s first ever police and crime commissioner (PCC) on Thursday November 15.
The PCC will replace the Sussex Police Authority.
This individual will be responsible for overseeing the chief constable, and holding the police force to account.
Five candidates are fighting for the role: Tony Armstrong (UKIP); Katy Bourne (Con); Ian Chisnall (Ind); Godfrey Daniel (Lab) and David Rogers (Lib Dem).
The PCC will earn a salary of £85,000-a-year.
One of the PCC’s roles and responsibilities will be to oversee the county’s policing budget.
A Police and Crime Panel, made up of local councillors and members of the public, will be the only authority to hold the PCC to account.
The election in Sussex will be led and co-ordinated by the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO). The PARO for Sussex, appointed by the Secretary of State, is John Barradell, chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council.
The PARO will be responsible for candidates and the co-ordination and declaration of the result.