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. 


Partnerships and Community Safety Lead

Location: Guildford, Surrey and home based

Type: Contract Full time

Contract: Secondment Hours: 36 hours per week (happy to discuss flexible working) Salary range: £38,979 – £56,223 We’re looking for an individual who is passionate about community safety to support the Commissioner and partnerships in Surrey to help reduce harm and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.From your first day with us you […]

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

Commissioner visits driver safety roadshow – amid warnings that collisions are rising following lockdowns

Commissioner Lisa Townsend joined Project EDWARD's roadshow at a college in Epsom on Tuesday to promote safe driving.

Commissioner’s fury at attacks on police – as she warns of ‘hidden’ PTSD threat

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

The Commissioner said we must do everything we can to support those who give so much to Surrey's residents.

Surrey Commissioner celebrates two years with £9million funding announcement

Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend smiling on sunny day next to sign that says Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey.

As she celebrates two years since her election, Commissioner Lisa Townsend has revealed some huge funding news.