This is a major change in the way that policing in the UK is managed and it puts considerable powers in the hands of a single, probably politically motivated individual. In this country we police by consensus therefore we should have had much wider public consultation and a referendum before proceeding with the change. I am also opposed to having a direct link between party politics and policing. I considered voting for an independent candidate in my area – we have several – but decided in the end that I was too opposed to the principle of an elected commissioner and therefore added “Current police authority” to my ballot. This is what I would have voted for in a referendum.