NEXT week residents in the Avon and Somerset policing area will go to the polls to vote for the area's first Police and Crime Commissioner.

On Thursday, November 15, polling stations will open ready for people to vote for a new directly elected person to oversee Avon and Somerset Police and ensure the criminal justice system is efficient and effective.

You can find out about the individuals standing for the role by visiting

An information booklet about voting on November 15 has been produced by the Electoral Commission