Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner elections - Thursday 6 May 2021

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner declaration of second count
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner declaration of first count
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Verification Statement for the Harrogate district
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Verification Statement for the North Yorkshire Police Area
Notice of poll
Situation of polling station notice
Statement of persons nominated
Notice of election agents
Notice of submission of candidate addresses
Notice of election


An election for a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner election that was due to be held on 7 May 2020 will now take place on the 6 May 2021.

Polling stations will be made Covid secure to ensure voting can take place in safety.

Everyone who comes to a polling station will be asked to wear a face covering unless they are exempt. Social distancing measures will be in place and hand sanitiser will be available. We will be limiting the number of people inside each polling station, so some queuing may be required.

If would rather not cast your vote in person, you can request a postal vote instead.

Key dates:

  • 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

Anyone can apply for a postal vote. You don't need to give a reason. Postal votes will be issued 11 days prior to polling day. 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 legislative acts:

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