UPDATED: Voters choose today who should be Derbyshire's first Police and Crime Commissioner
VOTERS will today go to the polls to choose the Derbyshire's first Police and Crime Commissioner.
Conservative Simon Spencer, UKIP's David Gale, Labour's Alan Charles and independent Rod Hutton will all be hoping they land the £75,000-a-year role.
More than 780,000 people in Derbyshire are eligible to cast a vote for their choice of commissioner. There will be 132,000 voting by post.
The winner will replace the existing police authority. His powers will include setting the force's budget and hiring and firing the Chief Constable.
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He said: "I am voting for Rod Hutton because I believe he genuinely has the independence and impartiality required to conduct this job without having his hands tied by any of the outside interference the other candidates will have, due to their own political party allegiance.
"It is absolutely necessary for Derbyshire police to be managed by an autocratic, independent candidate.
"Mr Hutton has experience with the Metropolitan police and is able to use this experience to effectively communicate with not only the police, but the public."
"Another reason I am backing him is he has been the only candidate on social media sites that has actively and personally engaged with his followers and answered their questions without the need to toe the party line."
Michael Hall, of Cheapside, Derby, said he would be voting for Mr Spencer today.
He said: "I went to a charity event recently where Simon Spencer spoke very intelligently and articulately about how he wanted to see more uniformed officers on the beat, which is something I support.
"Derby seems to be blighted by anti-social behaviour which is something that needs to be sorted out and I think Mr Spencer will do that."
Jane Gibb, of Swanwick, will be voting for Mr Gale. She said: "I'm normally a Tory voter but I looked at what the four candidates were pledging in the campaigns and the fact David Gale has promised to put more bobbies on the beat is something I would like to see."
And John Cowley, of Wild Street, Derby, said he would be voting for Mr Charles.
He said: "The thing that affects my life the most is anti-social behaviour and I want to vote for someone I feel will approach that head-on.
"From something little, something huge can escalate and I think Mr Charles, with the police authority experience he already has, will grab anti-social behaviour by the scruff of the neck."
Polling today is from 7am to 10pm.
Sealed ballot boxes from across Derbyshire will be delivered to Alfreton Leisure Centre by 11am tomorrow, where the count will take place.
It is hoped the winner will be named tomorrow.