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PCC Elections

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected every four years. The term of the current (Acting) PCC runs until 13 May 2021.

The date of the next PCC election for England and Wales is 6 May 2021.

To read about the roles and responsibilities of a PCC please visit the Home Office or the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.

Alternatively you can watch the video below.

Key election dates

  • Monday 29 March 2021 – Publication of notice of PCC election (pre-election period starts)
  • Tuesday 30 March to Wednesday 7 April 2021 – Nomination period for PCC candidates
  • Thursday 8 April 2021 – Publication of statement of persons nominated for PCC election
  • Thursday 6 May 2021 – Election day
  • Friday 7 May 2021 – Count and declaration of result
  • Wednesday 12 May 2021 – Term of incumbent PCC ceases
  • Thursday 13 May 2021 – Newly or re-elected PCC takes office.

Information for prospective candidates 

In the interests of openness and transparency, the OPCC will publish on this page, in anonymised form, all questions and requests for information made by prospective candidates up to the date of the election.

An example of how responses will be provided is illustrated below:

Date of contact

Potential Candidate, Agent, Representative


Method of contact

Information sought

Description of information requested verbally (or in writing). If in writing, include document reference number and a link to the document

Information provided

Description of information provided verbally (or in writing). If in writing, include document reference number and a link to the document

Date added to register

Date added to website

9th Nov 2020

Mr Y

J. Smith

Discussion at AGM

Advised that he wanted to support candidate X in his campaign and asked how best to seek information on the office structure and performance information.

Description of advice given by JS contained in ref 001.




Ms X

A. Bloggs

Text message/phone call

Secretariat structure and overview of staffing issues.

Ref 001 and ref 002.

Links to OPCC website re office structure and staffing plans.

Ref 003 and 004




Local Information

Below are a number of links which may be helpful:

Police and Crime Plan


Business Coordination Board


Annual Report


Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS)

Policing Protocol

National guidance 

There are a number of organisations who provide information and guidance about the role of the Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC), including:

To read more about election guidance for PCCs, including qualifications for standing as a candidate, please visit the Electoral Commission.

For more information please contact:

The APCC produced a candidate briefing providing guidance, advice and information for anyone interested in standing as a candidate in the 2020 Police and Crime Commissioner elections. This will be updated in due course.

PCC Candidate Briefing

For details about the Seven Force Strategic Collaboration Programme, read the document below.