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Information for Candidates

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.


A briefing pack is available for all candidates
Click here to download

The slides from the Candidate’s Briefing are also available
Click here to download – Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Click here to download – Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary

To read more about election guidance for PCCs, including qualifications for standing as a candidate, please visit the Electoral Commission website.

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 & Isle of Wight 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) concerning their conduct and their contact with candidates during the election campaigns.

Police Area Returning Officer (PARO)

The PARO has published information about the election for candidates and agents, including their own briefings.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Police and Crime Panel

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Police and Crime Panel (PCP) is responsible for scrutinising and supporting the work of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The PCP is made up of representatives from each of the local authorities in the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary area. This includes the unitary authorities of Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight, the 11 Hampshire Borough and District councils and Hampshire County Council.

The current membership of the Panel can be viewed online Hampshire Police and Crime Panel – Committee details

The Panel meets formally around four times per year and examines and makes recommendations on various aspects of the PCC’s activity. In particular the Panel’s powers include:

  • reviewing the draft Police and Crime Plan
  • reviewing (and having the power to veto) the PCC’s proposed Council Tax precept levels
  • reviewing and scrutinising decisions and actions by the PCC
  • scrutinising the PCC’s annual report
  • confirming (and having the power to veto) the Chief Constable’s appointment
  • confirming senior officer (Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer) and political roles (Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner) in the PCC’s office
  • reviewing the PCC’s conduct
  • to appoint an acting PCC, if required

Minutes of previous meetings of the Panel can be viewed online, accompanied by recordings of meetings.

Questions from candidates

Questions and answers from candidates will be posted here during the pre-election period.