Press release

Compare your police and crime commissioner candidates

Information on every candidate hoping to be elected as the first ever Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) has now gone live.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

In just three weeks time the country will go to the polls to choose their PCC who will represent their community and provide a link between the public and the police force.

Voters can now compare potential PCCs after the website was updated with each candidate’s vision for policing in their local area.

Almost 200 candidates have put themselves forward and will be on the campaign trail in the coming weeks urging people to vote.

Once in post, PCCs will:

  • represent and engage with all those who live and work in the communities in their force area and identify their policing needs;
  • set priorities that meet those needs by agreeing a local strategic plan for the force;
  • hold the chief constable to account for achieving these priorities as efficiently and effectively as possible and playing a role in wider questions of community safety;
  • set the force budget and the policing precept in council tax bills;
  • appoint - and, where necessary, remove - the chief constable.

For more information and to compare the candidates in your area, visit

Notes to editors

  1. To receive information about candidates by post, voters can order online or call 0800 107 0708.

  2. For more information contact Simon Barrett in the home office press office on 020 7035 3848, email, or call the newsdesk on 020 7035 3535.

Updates to this page

Published 26 October 2012