Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) 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 Elmbridge Borough Council and Surrey County Council elections.  

Read more about the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner election.

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 (Runnymede Borough Council).

The PARO 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, the PARO and LRO 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.

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 Local Returning Officer (LRO) will verify and count their own papers remotely and then submit the figures to the central hub for collation by the Police Area Returning Officer (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.


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