Fact sheet on Police and Crime Commissioners


Why do we need Police and Crime


Police and Crime Commissioners will ensure that

local people have a say in local policing priorities. They will make communities safer by cutting crime and link their police forces more closely to the people they ser ve.

PCCs will also hold the local chief constable to account for the deliver y and per formance of the force. The introduction of PCCs will mean for the first time the public will be able to directly vote for an individual to represent their community’s policing needs.

Are Police and Crime Commissioner politicising the police?

No. PCCs will swear an oath of impar tiality. Commissioners will reinforce the police’s link to the people they ser ve without inter fering with their operational independence. It is fundamental that the policing system remains operationally independent. All police will continue to be under the legal direction and control of their chief constable.

Why should we elect a Conservative Police and

Crime Commissioner?

By voting for a Conser vative Police and Crime

Commissioner you are choosing a commissioner whose one clear objective is to cut crime. They will do this by getting officers out of the back room and on to the front line, talking to local communities to make sure the police are tackling problems which matter to the neighbourhood, tackling anti-social behaviour, and they will root out waste and inefficiencies within their police forces.

Labour’s whole approach to Police and Crime

Commissioners is confused and hypocritical. They







oppose the greater accountability PCCs will bring,

but are asking the public to suppor t Labour candidates.

Why are these elections important?

These elections will mean for the first time the

public will be able to vote directly for an individual to represent their community’s policing needs. We already have democratic accountability in London where the Mayor gives Londoners a voice in policing. But this needs to be extended to the rest of the countr y. Many people are not aware that they can approach their police authority if they are dissatisfied with policing. These elections will

inform people that there is a place for their voice to be heard.

What is the Supplementary voting system?

The Supplementar y vote is the system used to

elect the London Mayor. Under SV, there are two columns on the ballot paper, one for voters to mark their first choice and one in which to mark a

second choice.

We recommend that Conser vative suppor ters vote for [candidate] in the first column and do not make a second choice.

If a candidate received more than 50 per cent of the first preference votes on the first count, they are elected.

If no candidate reaches the 50 per cent threshold, the two candidates with the highest number of votes continue and the other candidates are eliminated. The second preferences on the ballot papers of the eliminated candidates are counted and any cast for the two remaining candidates are transferred. The candidate with the most votes at

the end of this process is elected.