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Police and Crime Commissioner elections

On this page, you will find all of our guidance and resources for Returning Officers administering a Police and Crime Commissioner election being held on 5 May 2016. 

You will also find our guidance and resources for those administering a combined Police and Crime Commissioner and local government election in England on 5 May 2016.

These pages do not cover guidance for Returning Officers who are administering a combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner election.  For guidance on administering a combined National Assembly for Wales and Police and Crime Commissioner election, please click here.

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Guidance on these pages is being updated for polls on 5 May 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact your local Commission team.

Important information

  • Legislation for 2016 polls

    24-09-2015

    Despite a lack of certainty as to the detail of the legislation, we have developed this guidance at this stage in order that it can be available in time to support Returning Officers with taking forward planning and early preparations for the delivery of the polls. 

    This guidance has been developed based on the legislation as it currently stands and makes some assumptions about what further legislation will provide for, and so it may be subject to change. We will update and re-publish the guidance as appropriate once the legislation is clear.

Part B

Planning and organisation

This part covers:

  • Planning (including the identification and training of staff, the selection and booking of venues and management of contractors and suppliers)
  • How to maintain the integrity of the election
  • Raising awareness
  • Access to proceedings by electoral observers and Commission representatives

Part B: Planning and organisation - stand alone Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PDF)

Part B: Planning and organisation - combined Police and Crime Commissioner elections and local government elections in England (PDF)

PAROs guidance

Guidance for Police Area Returning Officers

This part covers:

  • Police Area Returning Officer's role, responsibilities and knowledge
  • Our guidance and performance standards for Police Area Returning Officers

Planning guidance for Police Area Returning Officers (PDF)

Guidance for Police Area Returning Officers - Delivery of key processes (PDF)

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