In the wake of the upcoming election, Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has published an open letter on his website for prospective candidates.
The letter is addressed to those intending to, or considering to, stand for election to Parliamentary seats within the area covered by Durham Constabulary.
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has received guidance from the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and from the Association of Policing and Crime Chief Executives.
Mr Hogg said: "This is the first General Election since the appointment of Police and Crime Commissioners, and I want to ensure information relating to policing and crime is transparent and equally available.
"It is important for anyone interested in standing for election within County Durham and Darlington to be clear on what they can and cannot ask of their PCC.
"I have therefore published the open letter on my website for anyone wishing to find out more. Further information about the national guidance for Police and Crime Commissioners is also available from my office."
The letter advises prospective candidates of an upcoming briefing held be senior police officers in the week beginning 13th April at the Police Headquarters in Aykley Heads, Durham, to provide candidates with information on policing within the area and to answer any questions.
It also provides information about restrictions affecting PCCs, including specific campaign activity with election candidates, social media and published photographs of candidates with members of the police force.
A copy of the letter can be viewed on Mr Hogg's website, at: www.durham-pcc.gov.uk.
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Posted on Friday 27th March 2015