This section is designed as an information portal for the PCC elections in Warwickshire and will be updated on a regular basis with everything you need to know about the election as well as information for prospective candidates.
Please use the links on the right to find out more about the PCC Elections in Warwickshire or click below to jump to a section:
- The role of the PCC – what does it involve and what are the responsibilities?
- Election information – how are the elections organised, who can stand and who can vote?
- Candidates – information for candidates and prospective candidates, together with a log of information provided to candidates by the OPCC
- Useful links and downloads – A number of useful documents can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the links in this section.
As the OPCC is politically neutral, it has developed a protocol setting out the arrangements to ensure that candidates and potential candidates participating in the election are dealt with in a fair, transparent and equal manner:
When are elections scheduled?
Police and Crime Commissioners are normally elected every four years. The last election was in May 2016 and the next election had been due to take place on 7 May 2020. On the 13 March the Prime Minister announced that all elections scheduled to take place on the 7 May 2020 would be postponed for one year, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. These elections will now take place on the 6 May 2021.
Frequently asked questions
Why have the elections been suspended for a year? Could they not have been rescheduled for later in 2020?
Postponing the elections for a year provides certainty and clarity for the date of those polls and enables them to be held together with polls already scheduled for May 2021.
Does the Coronavirus Act 2020 enable further postponements of any election that was scheduled for after 7 May 2020?
The legislation allows for regulations to be made to postpone any election scheduled to take place between 16 March 2020 and 5 May 2021. The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 prospectively postpones all by-elections to the day of the ordinary elections in 2021.
What does this mean for incumbent PCCs who were due to stand for re-election this year?
The legislation will have the effect of extending the term of office of current Police and Crime Commissioners for one year. In the case of Warwickshire, Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe has confirmed he will continue in office for a further 12 months before seeking re-election in May 2021.
Will this extension have an impact on PCCs who are elected in 2021? Will they serve a four-year term?
All PCCs who are elected in 2021 will serve a three-year term of office. Retaining a four-year cycle from 2021 would mean that PCC elections would be held in subsequent ‘fallow’ or standalone election years. Reducing the term to three years, for those elected in 2021, will not disturb the overall pattern of election cycles and will synchronise PCC elections with many other local polls. The next scheduled PCC elections, after 2021, will therefore take place in 2024.
Can PCCs appoint a Deputy?
Section 18(1) of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 allows a Police and Crime Commissioner to appoint a Deputy. The PCC must notify the Police and Crime Panel of their proposed appointment. The Panel will then hold a confirmation hearing and make a report to the PCC either accepting or rejecting the proposed appointment. Ultimately, the PCC is not under any obligation to accept the recommendation of the Police and Crime Panel.
Can Police and Crime Panels confirm appointments and continue their business?
While mindful of current burdens on local authority partners, we are clear that Police and Crime Panels (PCPs) deliver essential statutory functions and must be maintained. The Government has brought forward regulations under the 2020 Act providing assurance on the issue of conducting remote PCP meetings, which reflect the separate legal frameworks of Panels in England and Wales.