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This page contains briefings and information for candidates and their agents, and anyone considering standing as a candidate in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Please read the briefing pack the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has prepared for potential candidates. This pack was originally prepared for a May 2020 election. It is currently being brought up to date for a May 2021 election.
To read more about election guidance for PCCs, including qualifications for standing as a candidate, please visit the Electoral Commission.
The Association of Police and Crime Commissioner’s (APCC) has created an elections page that includes a which offers guidance, advice and information for anyone interested in standing as a candidate.
PCC review part one outcomes
On 16 March 2021, the Home Secretary laid a Written Ministerial Statement in Parliament, setting out the findings from Part 1 of the Review of the Role of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Part 1 of the Review launched on 22 July and sought to identify areas where the model can be sharpened, where possible, ahead of the PCC elections in May this year. Part One concluded in October and made recommendations to the Home Secretary on how to improve the accountability, scrutiny and transparency of the current PCC model. Part 1 also considered the role that PCCs play in fire governance and its links to mayoral devolution.
The key points to note are:
- A First Past the Post voting system will be introduced, when primary legislation allows
- The Home Office will require all PCCs to provide a narrative on force performance against the Government’s crime measures, and HMICFRS reports. The incumbent PCC undertakes significant personal and public scrutiny of policing performance and is represented on the Constabulary’s Force Performance Group
- The Home Office will work with the College of Policing, APCC, and NPCC to build on the existing Accountability Guidance
- PCCs must develop formal succession plans, prior to legislation which will mandate the appointment of a Deputy PCC
- The Home Office will consult on potential changes to the Policing Protocol Order 2011 to clarify the boundaries of operational independence
- Section 38 of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 will be amended to make Chief Constable dismissal processes more rigorous and transparent
- Through a White Paper on fire reform, Home Office will consult on whether to mandate the transfer of fire and rescue functions to the PFCC model across England. The incumbent PCC previously considered a feasibility study on this and has had the opportunity to sit on the combined Hampshire and Isle of Wight Police Authority
Part 2 of the Review will consider:
- The role of the IOPC in handling complaints about PCCs and Deputies
- Giving all PCCs a General Power of Competence
- Longer-term reforms and wider efficiencies to cut crime
Candidate Information Day
On Tuesday 12 January 2021 there was a candidate information day, featuring speakers from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Hampshire Constabulary
The morning session (9.30am-12.30pm) was hosted by the Chief Executive of the Office and Police and Crime Commissioner and outlined the responsibilities of a PCC and the role of the Office in supporting a PCC.
The afternoon session (commenced at 1.30pm) was delivered by Hampshire Constabulary, giving potential candidates an opportunity to hear from the Chief Constable from an operational policing perspective.
As it was a live session, there was also an opportunity to ask questions. All live sessions were recorded and are published online as part of our obligations to ensure fair and transparent interaction between candidates and the office. The questions and answer sessions are transcribed only, as part of the OPCC’s responsibility to remaining impartial.
Please see videos which introduce services commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Interaction Between the Office and Candidates
While wishing to provide candidates with the information they need to develop their manifestos and to answer any questions they have about the role, all OPCC and Hampshire Constabulary personnel should ensure they remain impartial.
In light of this a protocol for the interaction with candidates has been developed to provide guidance to staff from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) and Hampshire Constabulary concerning their conduct and their contact with candidates during the election campaigns.
In addition the answers to questions received from candidates will be published on the OPCC website to ensure all candidates have access to the same information
The National Crime Agency NCA now have in place a PCC Candidate Briefing page on their website which you can access.
Police Area Returning Officer
The PARO has also published information about the election for candidates and agents, including their own briefings.