Police commissioner elections
Elections will be held in November to choose police and crime commissioners who will replace police authorities.
PCCs, as they will be known, will be responsible for setting priorities for their police force, overseeing its budget and hiring the chief constable.
The elections will take place on Thursday 15 November 2012 with polling booths open from 7am until 10pm.
The political parties will be putting candidates forward and will be canvassing support at the appropriate time.
Anyone wishing to apply for a postal vote must do so by 5pm on 31 October by contacting the Northumberland County Council election office direct on 01670 624811 or email: elections@ northumberland.gov.uk
If you would like further information about the role of PCCs in Northumbria Police force, visit the Home Office website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/pcc