Police and Crime Commissioner election

Police and Crime Commissioner election: 6 May 2021

Police and Crime Commissioners were introduced in the 41 Police Authorities across England in 2012 and they are elected to make sure that local police meet the needs of the community.  They are elected using the Supplementary Voting System (SV) and a Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) is appointed to conduct the elections across each area and declare the result. 

The next election for the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner will take place on 6 May 2021. It will be held at the same time as the Runnymede Borough Council and Surrey County Council elections.  

The Surrey Police Area is made up of the 11 district and borough councils in the county, which have Local Returning Officers who are responsible for arranging and delivering the poll for the electors in their area. The number of votes counted in each local area are then collated by the PARO to provide the overall result. The PARO for the Surrey Police Area is Paul Turrell who is also the Local Returning Officer for the Runnymede area.

The Police Area Returning Officer is responsible for dealing with candidates and agents, the conduct of the poll and collating the total result across the police authority area and declaring the result. The PARO must remain politically neutral at all times. For this reason, we cannot provide political campaign or information about the candidates on these pages.

Information from the candidates about their campaigns can be found on the Cabinet Office website, after the close of nominations when the candidates are confirmed. If you would like to know more about the candidates and what they stand for please search for individual candidates and/or party web sites or contact their local offices.

You can also read Home Office information about the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner.

Candidates and agents

If you are interested in standing as a candidate at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections to be held on 6 May 2021 please let us know as soon as possible so that we can add your contact details to our distribution list.  This will enable us to keep you up to date with information as it becomes available.

Please email PARO@Runnymede.gov.uk including your name, whether you are a prospective candidate or agent, contact e-mail address and telephone number(s). It would be helpful if you could put 'PCC Candidate details' in the subject line. There will be an initial briefing for Candidates and Agents via MSTeams at 3pm on 22 February and a final briefing on 13 April at 3pm.

These elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health. As the measures necessary to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May, confirmation of the arrangements for providing information to candidates and agents will be provided here in due course. 

Electoral Commission guidance to candidates and agents

How can I report electoral fraud?

If you have evidence that electoral fraud has been committed, you should contact the police as quickly as possible using the non-emergency number 101. You should be prepared to give them a statement and substantiate your allegation. If you are worried about giving your name to the police, you can also report electoral fraud anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers online or by phone on 0800 555 111.

If you think electoral fraud may have been committed, you should first speak to the Electoral Registration Officer or Returning Officer for your local area.  For Runnymede the number is 01932 425650. They may be able to explain whether or not electoral fraud has been committed and can refer your concerns to the police if necessary. They can also provide you with the details of the police contact for the relevant police force so that you can report the allegation yourself.

Media

The Police Area Returning Officer welcomes the interest of the media in elections and recognises the important part they play in the electoral process.

If you are a reporter and are interested in receiving information about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections, email communications@runnymede.gov.uk.

Members of the public can follow the Council's social media or sign up to our E-newsletters for updates. 

There will be a media briefing at 3pm on Monday 19 April via MSTeams. This will include advice regarding operations within the count venue together with an overview of how the count collation process will be delivered. If you would like to attend contact the Communications team.

Surrey statistics

As at the time the annual registers were published in each local authority area the electorate for the Surrey Police Area is 902,183 of which 155,985 were absent voters.

The Surrey PCC count

The Surrey Police Area will be operating a devolved count process whereby each LRO will verify and count their own papers remotely and then submit the figures to the central hub for collation by the PARO.

The PCC count will take place on Saturday 8 May  from 9.30am and the collation of the result by the PARO will take place that afternoon.  Access is by ticket only to those entitled to attend.

Due to the complexity of the supplementary vote process and the need to wait for all 11 local authority areas to complete each stage before moving to the next, it is not possible to provide a specific time for the final PCC result to be declared. In an effort to assist with scheduling the PARO has asked the LROs to provide verification figures by midday, first round count results are anticipated around 2pm with the final result being dependent on the last set of local figures being received. In Surrey the PARO is in the habit of providing any media in attendance with a 10 minute warning through our communications manager so that scheduling can occur.

For details relating to each devolved count please contact the relevant LRO for details.

Further information

This page will contain the statutory notices as they are published during the election timetable:

  • Electoral Commission Timetable of Proceedings - Combined Elections
  • Electoral Commission Timetable of Proceedings - Stand Alone Elections
  • Notice of Election
  • Notice of Candidates Election Address Submission 
  • Statement of Persons Nominated (Those standing for election) 
  • Notice of Election Agents
  • Notice of Poll 
  • Declaration of Results, Surrey Police Area
  • Results of First Count for all Surrey Local Authorities 
  • Results of Second Count for all Surrey Local Authorities