Police and Crime Commissioners, PCCs, were introduced in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. To read the act, including the information on elections and duties of PCCs, please CLICK HERE
There is currently one elected PCC for each police force in England and Wales (except London and Greater Manchester where the mayor takes responsibility). PCCs are the Elected Policing Body for a police force.
PCC elections are held every 4 years. The next elections are to be held on 7 May 2020.
For further information, the Home Office has issued a series of briefing notes for PCC candidates which can be found HERE
In terms of the election, the electoral commission website provides information on qualifications to stand, the nomination process, spending limits, expenses and campaign rules.
For local queries, you can contact the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for Surrey who is John Jury, Chief Executive of Reigate and Banstead Council, on 01737 276794 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roles and Responsibilities
The role of the PCC is set out in legislation (see link above). The role is wide and varied and includes:
- To hold the police to account on behalf of the public and to hold the chief constable to account for the performance of your force area’s officers and staff
- To provide the local link between the police and communities, working to turn the desires and ambitions of the public, in terms of policing and crime reduction, into action
- To receive all the funding relating to policing and reducing crime and, after consulting the chief constable, will be responsible for how it is spent
- To set the strategic direction and aims for your force through the Police and Crime Plan (the plan), and set the local precept (council tax charge)
- To appoint the chief constable and remove them from office when necessary (as long as the relevant legal requirements are met)
- To commission services to support victims in the police force area
- To undertake wider responsibilities, including responsibility for delivering community safety and reducing crime, the ability to make crime and disorder reduction grants within the force area, and a duty to deliver better value for money or improve the effectiveness of policing
The national body for PCCs, The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) has developed a series of briefing notes on the main areas of responsibility which can be viewed HERE