About your Commissioner


Lisa Townsend is your Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey. 

Commissioners were introduced in 2012 across to monitor and improve the service provided by police forces in England and Wales, set the priorities for policing in each area and commissioning key services that strengthen community safety and support victims.

Use this page to learn more about your Commissioner and the Office of the Commissioner in Surrey. 

Roles & Responsibilities

Your Commissioner is responsible for overseeing the work of Surrey Police, holding the Chief Constable to account on your behalf, and funding key services that strengthen community safety and support victims.

Meet Lisa

Lisa has lived in Surrey for 12 years. She started her working life as a member of parliamentary staff in the House of Commons and has since held a number of senior positions in public affairs and communications including as Director of companies, and Lead for Media and Communications at The Institute of Directors. 

Deputy Commissioner

The Deputy Commissioner supports the Commissioner to fulfil daily duties including attending meetings, informing decisions and working with the office and Surrey Police to achieve progress against the priorities in the Police and Crime Plan. 

Office of the Commissioner

Meet the Team

Our small but dedicated team help the Commissioner to carry out her role effectively and provide the best service to Surrey residents. 

the team mosaic


The Scheme of Governance comprises a number of different elements which, when taken together, give clarity to the way the PCC and Chief Constable intend to govern Surrey Police. The arrangements set out in the Scheme are intended to ensure business is conducted in the right way, for the right reasons and at the right time and to make sure that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for and used economically and efficiently. 


Serious Violence Programme Lead

Type: Contract Full time

Status: Full Time or happy to discuss Flexible WorkingContract Type: Fixed Term Contract until end of March 2025Salary Grade Range: £38,979 – £56,223Working Hours: 36 Hours per week We’re seeking a passionate individual with strong partnership experience to lead on the development of policy and strategy that ensures that our Office and the specified authorities in Surrey stay ahead […]

Mental Health Portfolio Lead

Location: Guildford

Type: Contract Full time

Status: Full Time (or happy to discuss Flexible Working)Contract Type: Fixed Term ContractSalary Grade Range: £33,283 – £39,394 pro rataWorking Hours: 18 Hours per week We’re looking for a knowledgeable and passionate individual to support the Police and Crime Commissioner on her national work on mental health, including working with the National Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC). […]

Legally Qualified Chairs to serve on Misconduct Panels

Location: Surrey/South East

Type: Contract Part time

Since 2016, Legally Qualified Chairs (LQCs) have been required to preside over misconduct hearings held by police forces. This is an integral part of the police disciplinary process and in ensuring trust and confidence in policing. As part of a joint recruitment process, applications from suitably qualified individuals are sought to be appointed for the […]

Commissioner Elections

Commissioner's elections

Elections to select a Commissioner are held every four years. The next election is due to take place in May 2024. 

Annual Report

Annual Report

Our Annual Report outlines what we’ve achieved in the last financial year, including work towards objectives in the police and crime plan, achievements with partners and funding provided by the office. 

Accessibility Statement


Our Accessibility Statement sets out the steps we’ve taken to make our website and communications more accessible to anyone accessing information about the Commissioner and our office, and how you can tell us the ways we can improve. 

Latest News

Last chance to have your say in survey on anti-social behaviour in Surrey

Decorative image with broken. Anti-social behaviour survey. Share your views on ASB where you live by 31 March.

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend is asking for residents’ views on anti-social behaviour in Surrey before the start of April.

Deputy Commissioner hears speech by Victoria Cross recipient at key Forces conference

Ellie Vesey-Thompson attended the Surrey Armed Forces Covenant Conference, where she heard a moving speech from WO2 Johnson Beharry VC.

Forces must be unrelenting in rooting out the perpetrators within their ranks” – Commissioner responds to report on violence against women and girls in policing

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend stands outside the reception of the Surrey Police Headquarters near Guildford

Commissioner Lisa Townsend said police forces must be unrelenting in rooting out perpetrators of violence against women and girls within their ranks.