Here is a quick snapshot of each candidate to help make up your mind when the region goes to the polls tomorrow (Thursday)

People are being asked to go to the polls tomorrow (Thursday) to choose Devon and Cornwall’s new Police and Crime Commissioner. Before you do, read our quick low-down of the six candidates.

Gareth Derrick (Labour)

Commodore Gareth Derrick from Ivybridge is a retired naval officer.

He says he is determined to bring Labour values to the role of commissioner, such as fairness, honesty and teamwork. His priorities are to continue the fight for proper funding; to restore effective local policing; and ensure police and staff are engaged with the people.

Alison Hernandez (Conservative)

Ms Hernandez from Torbay says she will work with the Government to get the best funding deal for the people of Devon and Cornwall; put policing at the heart of communities; work with the emergency services to greater effect; and support those affected by crime.

She wants to improve crime reporting, especially the 101 number and review police station closures.

William Morris (Independent)

Mr Morris, from Penzance, says his watch will see the force deliver law and order by protecting the vulnerable.

He is proposing zero tolerance in areas with increasing levels of violence; ‘community payback’; priority to wildlife and farm crime; ‘drunk tanks’; youth detox; more random vehicle spot checks; and enhanced community engagement.

Bob Spencer (Independent)

A former assistant chief constable, Mr Spencer, from Lympstone, has 30 years of experience in policing.

With command of more than 3,000 officers, he managed multi-million-pound budgets.

He plans to halt the fall in officer numbers and to actively recruit up to 50 new officers.

His second concern will be to stop the closure of police stations.

Jonathan Smith (UKIP)

Mr Smith, from Tiverton, retired from Devon and Cornwall Police last year after 30 years as a police constable. He understands policing and does not believe in the role of the PCC.

He wants a ‘Police and Community Co-operative’, managed by all the agencies.

He will fight for funding, the closure and sale of stations must end and the ‘disastrous’ 101 system overhauled.

Richard Younger-Ross (Liberal Democrats)

Former MP Mr Younger-Ross from Teignmouth says he will make the strongest case for Devon and Cornwall. His knowledge of Westminster is going to be vital to securing fair funding, he says.

Priorities include maintaining and improving visibility of police; improving the 101 service; and protecting the force from a merger with Somerset and Avon.

What is a PCC?

The Police and Crime Commissioner has huge powers with responsibility for all policing in Devon and Cornwall, with a budget of £292.8million in the current year.

Their role is to be the ‘voice of the people’ and hold the police to account.

PCCs get a salary of around £85,000 per year and aim to cut crime, delivering an effective and efficient police service within their force area.

They are elected by the public to hold chief constables and the force to account, effectively making the police answerable to the communities they serve.

They have the power to hire and fire the chief constable, set the force budget, its portion of the council tax and the policing and crime objectives for their areas.

The first ever PCC election in 2012 was won by departing commissioner Tony Hogg for the Conservatives.

Barnstaple councillor Brian Greenslade polled in the runner-up spot.

Neither Mr Hogg or Mr Greenslade are standing this time.

In February, Mr Hogg said he felt ‘party politics has no place in the role of police commissioner’. He resigned from the Conservative Party last month.