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. 


Sorry we do not currently have any vacancies available. Visit the other pages in this section to learn more about the role and responsibilities of your Commissioner and our team in Surrey.

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

Custody visiting scheme receives Platinum award for impact in Surrey


Independent Custody Visitors provide valuable independent oversight of the care that is provided when an individual is detained.

Speeding linked to a third of all serious and fatal crashes in Surrey – with half of all tragic collisions taking place on 30mph urban roads

"Impatience and carelessness" are behind the deaths of road users in Surrey, the county's Commissioner has warned.

Organised crime is fuelling “abhorrent” abuse and violence against shopworkers, Surrey’s Commissioner warns in meetings with retailers

Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner has blasted "abhorrent" violence and abuse against shopworkers as she marks a national campaign.