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  1. Updates on Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Live Reporting

By Jack Warren

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks for joining us

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    That's it for our special police and crime commissioner debate live feed.

    We hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have!

    We'll be back bright and early tomorrow for a look at the latest news for the county.

  2. What are our candidates going to do first?

    If they get elected, what's the first priority for our candidates? 

    • Bob Spink - UKIP: I'll put more bobbies on the beat and fight the cuts
    • Martin Terry - independent: I will restlessly pursue more funding 
    • Roger Hirst - Conservative: It's about cracking down on anti-social behaviour and domestic violence
    • Kevin McNarmara - Lib Dems: I would look at tackling the county's domestic violence problem
    • Chris Vince - Labour: Support and protect Essex Police officers
  3. The final question for our five candidates....

    Time has flown by - we're on to the final question of the programme. 

    Our five candidates are now being asked: What are their priorities? 

  4. Labour candidate also wouldn't take whole salary

    Labour's Chris Vince also says he wouldn't take the whole salary. 

    He says he's value for money because he can be "that front face for police in Essex". 

  5. The studio scene

    As the answers continue to come in, here's the scene in the BBC Essex studio in Chelmsford where the debate is being held. 

    As you can see, it's pretty cramped with all five candidates in one room!

    BBC Essex studio
  6. Lib Dem wouldn't take the £80k salary

    Kevin McNamara, Lib Dem, says he wouldn't take all the £80,000 salary. 

    "Is it a wise amount of money to spend in the current climate? I don't think so". 

  7. Conservative: Current PCC has 'proven' the role is worth the money

    Roger Hirst, Conservative, says Nick Alston (the current PCC) has proven the role is "worth the money". 

  8. £80,000 'not a lot to pay' for Essex's top job, says UKIP candidate

    Bob Spink, UKIP, is first to get us under way on this one:

    "I don't think £80,000 is a lot to pay for one of the top jobs of the county".

    He also says the alternative would be a police authority that would cost "just as much". 

  9. Next question: Is the PCC really worth the money?

    Candidates now being asked if they'd be worth the £80,000 salary and why.

  10. UKIP: Make people feel 'happy' and criminals 'threatened'

    Bob Spink says the job is about making people "happier and safer", and making criminals feel "threatened". 

  11. Labour candidate wants to 'work and learn from police officers'

    Labour's Chris Vince says he wants to "support" and "listen" to the officers and wants to work and "learn" from the police themselves. 

  12. Lib Dems questions if PCC is even the 'right model'

    Kevin McNamara, Lib Dem candidate, said he wasn't sure a PCC was even the "right model" for the police - he also said he wasn't sure if merging police and fire services was a "good idea".

  13. Conservative: Being a PCC is a 'big and difficult job'

    Conservative, Roger Hirst, admitted the role of being a police and crime commissioner will be a "big job and difficult job". 

    He also said merging police and fire building was a "good idea". 

  14. Independent: I want to work with the police

    Martin Terry, independent, says he wants to make "informed decision" so the police are "with me and not against me".

  15. How do candidates see the role as police and crime commissioner?

    As we enter the last half hour - the next question. Over to Dave Monk, who asks: How do you see the role of police and crime commissioner? 

    BBC Essex presenter Dave Monk
  16. Fact: Candidates must put down a £5,000 deposit to stand

    Jack Warren

    BBC Local Live

    Here's an interesting fact... 

    In order to stand as a police and crime commissioner candidate you must put down a £5,000 deposit. 

    To get that back, you then must get at least 5% of the total first preference vote. 

  17. Essex Police is not the only cash-strapped force

    Essex Police has a budget of £263.3m for the next financial year but is facing additional costs of £12.4m. It is not the only force struggling for cash.

    As this graph shows, funding for police forces has been dropping steadily in recent years.

    Police funding graph
  18. Conservative: Specials are 'more flexible' than PCSOs

    Conservative Roger Hirst says: "I have a lot of respect for our PCSOs... but the reality is a special is more flexible than a PCSO". 

  19. Lib Dems: Would 'love to bring back PCSOs'

    Kevin McNamara, Lib Dem: "I would love to bring back PCSOs" but "we can't dance around the funding situation".