Elections and Purdah

Police and Crime Commissioners are elected every four years.  The last election was in May 2016 and the next election will be in May 2020.

To read about the roles and responsibilities of a PCC please visit the Home Office briefing about PCC roles and responsibilities or view the short video at the top of the page made by the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), which explains how the public can have their say in who their local PCC is. You can also find information on the My Role pages of our website.


Interested in being a candidate?

To read more about election guidance for PCCs, including qualifications for standing as a candidate, please visit the Electoral Commission. The linked page will be updated as guidance becomes available for 2020.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s (APCC) has created a candidate briefing which offers guidance, advice and information for anyone interested in standing as a candidate in the 2020 Police and Crime Commissioner elections

APCC candidate briefing document 


Candidate briefings

The Office of the PCC will be holding two briefing days for potential candidates for the 2020 election. To register your interest and receive more information, please e-mail the communications team.

Day one: an introduction to the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner.
Covering finance, stakeholders and partnerships, the Police and Crime Panel, the Local Criminal Justice Board, and contracted commissioned services.

Day two: an introduction to Hampshire Constabulary.
Covering strategic context, force management statement, financial position, police officer uplift and recruitment update, contact management programme, local policing and violence prevention, investigation demand, and staff association meetings.

Please note: All candidates are invited to attend the briefings, but we request that each candidate only bring one additional person with them.

In order to ensure transparency in the election process these briefing sessions will be filmed and published on this website. Those attending will be asked to complete appropriate consent forms for their inclusion in such filming and publication.


Have your say on who is the next PCC

To vote in a PCC election you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election (‘polling day’)
  • be a British, Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • be resident at an address in England or Wales (excluding London)
  • not be legally excluded from voting.

PCCs are elected using the Supplementary Vote system. You make a first and second choice when you vote.

If no candidate gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, all except the top two candidates are eliminated. If your first choice candidate is eliminated, and your second choice is for one of the top two, your second choice is counted.


Neighbourhood Crime Maps

Find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood, meet your local policing team and how to contact them. Explore the crime map to see what has happened and the policing outcomes for each crime.

Neighbourhood Watch

Find a Watch scheme in your community, and apply to join or send a message to the scheme coordinator. Neighbourhood Watch provides a way for local people to play an important part in making their communities safer.

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