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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
  • Saturday 8 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.

A copy of the Joint OPCC and Constabulary PCC Election Protocol is provided towards the bottom of this page.

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.

Candidate QuestionResponse
Request to be part of the Constabulary’s Ethics Challenge Panel. The Acting Chief Executive/Monitoring Officer considered the request and referred to the Joint Protocol that the OPCC and Constabulary has in place in preparation for the PCC Election. The Constabulary has to remain completely politically impartial and whilst it is appreciated that candidates may wish to engage with the Constabulary in a number of ways, it would not be appropriate for the candidate to be a member of the Challenge Panel at this time.

If this were a council I would be asking for the Budget Book and associated papers. Is there an equivalent for the constabulary?

In response to your question about the equivalent of a Budget Book, the Constabulary presents its budget information through the Medium Term Financial Strategy that was presented in draft to the Business Coordination Board (BCB) in January and subsequently on to the Police and Crime Panel. The financial table is contained in Appendix C of the MTFS document albeit at a relatively high level as a strategy document.
However, in addition further detail is provided through our in year budget monitoring reports from the Constabulary that are reviewed at each BCB (again with tables in the Appendices setting the budget by service, including collaborated units).  It is worth noting that those monitoring reports contain more detail than the Commissioner requires, as they are, in effect, reports used by the Chief Constable for internal monitoring and then repurposed for the BCB.

Local Information

Below are a number of links which may be helpful:

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