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PCC Election 2016

 Police and Crime Commissioner Elections 2016

The 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections were held on 5 May 2016.

Police and Crime Commissioners

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) were introduced by the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. The 2011 Act gave PCCs responsibility for securing an effective and efficient police service and holding their Chief Constable to account for policing in their force area.

The first PCC election took place across England and Wales on the 8 November 2012, creating 41 PCCs. The next PCC election is due to take place on 5 May 2016. PCCs will be elected by the public for a period of four years.

The PCC answers to the public on the delivery and performance of the police service in their area. They are elected to oversee how crime is tackled in each police force area ensuring the policing needs of their communities are met as effectively as possible. They hold the Chief Constable to account for delivering the kind of policing the public want to see and will assess, support and challenge the overall performance of their forces against the priorities agreed within the Police and Crime Plan.

The aim of the PCC is to reduce crime, to deliver policing more effectively and keep communities safe.

The role of the PCCs is to be the voice of the people; providing a transparent police force which allows the people who live in the force area to assess performance and that of the chief constable. They are responsible for the totality of policing and do this by:

•             engaging with the public and victims of crime to help set police and crime plans;

•             ensuring the police force budget is spent effectively

•             holding the chief constable to account.


Police Area Returning Officer (PARO)

The Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) has overall responsibility for the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

The PARO is responsible for giving notice of the election, managing the nomination process, overseeing the conduct of the poll, as well as the calculation and declaration of the result. For more information about the Police and Crime Commissioner election please contact the PARO  by email on or by phoning 01793 464601. 

Election queries and responses

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire is committed to transparency and fairness. 

During the lead up to and during the election, queries and responses have been posted in the table below.

Further queries and response can also be viewed on FOI requests and pdf iconQuestions raised by Police and Crime Commissioner candidates 

Requests for information
Date              Request                                                                                                                 Response                                                 
10.02.2016 Request for PCC press releases and information for a Conservative party event

The OPCC is politically restricted and is unable to provide information for campaigning purposes, however information about the PCC is publicly available on our website.

11.02.2016 I would like to now who the candidates are for the PCC as I would have some questions for them before I consider who to vote for.  The candidates have not yet declared. The deadline for declaring is 7 April and information about candidates will be published at
29.02.2016 Request for Angus Macpherson's election contact details  Request forwarded to campaign office
21.03.2016 Request for Angus Macpherson's campaign email address  Request forwarded to campaign office
06.04.2016 Request for details of any public meetings to question the candidates  Advised that we are not aware of any but to contact the Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) as such events are not organised by the OPCC
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