About the PCC Election

Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) are elected every four years.

However, the PCC elections that were due to take place in May 2020 were postponed until May 2021. The decision was taken following advice from the Government’s medical experts in relation to the response to the coronavirus and the advice of those delivering elections.

The term of the current PCC runs until 12 May 2021. This was extended by a year because of COVID-19.

The date of the next PCC election for England and Wales is scheduled for Thursday, 6 May 2021.  

The overall responsibility for the conduct of the election will sit with the designated Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) for each police force area, as set out in the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

The Minister of State of the Cabinet Office has formally designated Brighton & Hove City Council to provide the appropriate officer (Head of Paid Services) to conduct the 2021 PCC election for the police area of Sussex.

Mr Geoff Raw, Chief Executive Officer of Brighton & Hove City Council, is the PARO and will discharge his duties in accordance with The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections Order 2012.

Further information about the election can be viewed on the Brighton & Hove City Council website, here.

Additional information is also set out in The Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Designation of Police Area Returning Officers Order) 2015.

Key dates for the PCC Election 2021:

  • Monday, 29 March 2021: Publication of Notice of PCC Election
  • Tuesday, 30 March - Thursday, 8 April 2021: Nomination period for PCC candidates
  • Friday, 9 April 2021: Publication of statement of persons nominated for PCC election
  • Thursday, 6 May 2021: Election day
  • Monday, 10 May 2021: Count and declaration of result
  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021: Term of incumbent PCC ceases
  • Thursday, 13 May 2021: Newly or re-elected PCC takes office

The Association of Police & Crime Commissioners (APCC) has produced a PCC Candidate Briefing which provides guidance, advice and information for anyone interested in standing as a candidate in the 2021 elections.    

To read more about the election guidance for PCCs, including qualifications for standing as a candidate, please visit the Electoral Commission website.

There are FIVE nominated PCC candidates in Sussex (alphabetical order):

  • Kahina BOUHASSANE – Green
  • Katy BOURNE – Conservative
  • Jamie BENNETT – Liberal Democrats
  • Paul RICHARDS – Labour
  • Roy WILLIAMS – Independent

Further information about the nominated candidates can be viewed through the following link: www.choosemypcc.org.uk/

The OSPCC and Sussex Police will be holding a joint briefing event for PCC candidates on 13 April 2021.