Do you want more of a say about how your area is policed? Do you feel victims of crime need more of a say or that more needs to done to tackle antisocial behaviour on your street?

These are the important issues that police and crime commissioners will take up on your behalf.

Police and crime commissioners' role

Police and crime commissioners (PCCs) will ensure the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible, bringing communities closer to the police, building confidence in the system and restoring trust. More about the role of the PCC.

PCCs will make and influence key decisions that will impact on how your local area looks and feels - from CCTV, street lighting and graffiti to tackling gangs and drug-dealing.

Their job is to listen to the public and then respond to their needs, bringing more of a public voice to policing and giving the public a name and a face to complain to if they aren't satisfied.


The first elections of police and crime commissioners will take place on 15 November 2012. Find out about the elections, who can vote and where elections are taking place.

Do you wish to stand as a candidate? Find out what you would need to do.

Key dates

  • The first PCC elections will take place on 15 November 2012
  • Elected PCCs will take office on 22 November

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