The Prime Minister said that the being a police and crime commissioner is a 'big job for a big local figure'. Dynamic leaders, community champions, pioneers and entrepreneurs would make good candidates for this office.

PCC candidates

You can find out who stood for election as police and crime commissioner in the 41 police force areas on the candidate website Choose My PCC.

Make a difference

Police and crime commissioner candidates could have experience in the private, voluntary or public sector. They don't have to be politicians to stand. They can be independent of political parties. This is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to stand and to make a difference.

Have you got what it takes?

  • to play a leading role in how crime is tackled in your area?
  • to bring the voice of the people into policing and bring the community together to tackle crime?
  • to hold the Chief Constable and police force to account for cutting crime?

If you think you have, see if you’re eligible to stand for election as a PCC.


PCCs will be required to swear an oath of impartiality when they are elected to office. The swearing of an oath will be an important symbol of impartiality, emphasising both the significance of this new role in local communities and that PCCs are there to serve the people, not a political party or any one section of their electorate.   

Candidate briefings

To help prospective candidates answer these questions we developed a  range of candidate briefings which simply communicate the range of responsibilities and interactions that the role of PCC will have to fulfil.

Key dates

  • Nominations were taken between 8 October 2012 and 19 October 2012
  • The first PCC elections took place on 15 November 2012
  • PCCs will take office 22 November 2012
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