Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election

The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election due to be held on 7 May 2020 will now take place on the 6 May 2021. Due to the situation with the coronavirus in the UK, our elections team are implementing measures to make polling stations covid secure. Polling stations will be a safe place to vote and information on what to expect when visiting a polling station will be made available as soon as plans are finalised. However you may wish to consider voting by post to avoid visiting a polling station in person. More information and the link to request a postal vote application form can be found below.

Key dates for the election:

  • the deadline to register to vote is 11.59pm on Monday 19 April
  • the deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April, if you wish to apply to vote by post you can request a postal vote request form

    Postal vote request form
    Anybody can apply to vote by post, you do not have to supply a reason. Please note, postal votes will be issued 11 days prior to polling day so if you are going to be away before the 24 April you will need to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf instead.
  • the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April. Voting by proxy allows you to appoint a person to vote on your behalf at your local polling station. The person must be over the age of 18 and registered to vote in the UK

What are the responsibilities of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner?

  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for a police area must secure the maintenance of an efficient and effective police force for the area. [PRSRA, S1(6)]
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for a police area must hold the relevant Chief Constable to account for the exercise of the Chief Constable's functions and those under the direction and control of the Chief Constable
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has powers in relation to bringing together community safety and criminal justice partners, with mutual duties to co-operate and formulate and implement strategies across the police area
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner has commissioning and grant-making powers, primarily aimed to tackle crime reduction/prevention, and support victims and vulnerable people, or those affected by crime
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner can take on responsibility for the emergency services collaboration and for the fire and rescue service (or play a role in local authority fire governance)
  • the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner will also have a strengthened role in dealing with police complaints

The full list of responsibilities and actions can be found in the following legsislative acts:

  • the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 (PRSRA) and
  • the Police Act 1996 as amended