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PCC Elections 2021

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections 2021


The next Police and Crime Commissioner elections are due to take place in May 2021.

Police and Crime Commissioners were created by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, with the first elections taking place in 2012. The second election took place in May 2016.

The Police and Crime Commissioner elections take place in the 40 police areas that cover England and Wales. Each policing area has its own Police and Crime Commissioner:

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales covers the policing area of the following 7 local authorities:

  • Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • The Vale of Glamorgan
  • Cardiff
  • Neath Port Talbot
  • Merthyr Tydfil
  • Swansea
  • Bridgend

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is the host authority for the 2021 Commissioner elections in South Wales. Debbie Marles from the Vale of Glamorgan Council is the Police Area Returning Officer for the South Wales Police Area for the May 2021 PCC Elections, and is responsible for the overall conduct of the PCC election. More information regarding this, including key dates regarding the election, can be found here.

More information regarding the role and responsibilities of a Police and Crime Commissioner can be found on the Home Office website.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) have also created a briefing for those who may be interested in standing for the role, and it can be found here.

This video produced by the APCC also gives an insight into how the public can have their say regarding who their PCC is.

To read more about election guidance for PCC candidates and their agents, including qualifications for standing as a candidate, please visit the Electoral Commission website.

For more information on who can vote, or to register to vote please visit the Electoral Commission website.

The Independent Custody Visiting Association has also published some guidance for candidates regarding the Independent Custody Visiting Scheme.

If you are thinking of becoming a candidate for South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and require more information or have any questions regarding these elections or the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, please contact us on:-

Alternatively, please telephone our office on 01656 869366. The Chief Executive, Lee Jones, or Jacqueline Trow, Strategic Lead, will be able to assist you with any questions.

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