Guidance for Candidates and Agents at Police and Crime Commissioner elections


The following sections provide guidance on standing as a candidate at Police and Crime Commission election in England and Wales.

The guidance covers:

  • the nomination process, including what forms you need to complete
  • when and how you need to submit your nomination papers
  • what happens after you submit your nomination papers

There are specific rules that candidates need to follow, depending on whether they are standing as a political party candidate or standing as an independent candidate. These differences will be clearly highlighted throughout the guidance.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner

In some police areas the role of Police and Crime Commissioner also includes responsibility for fire and rescue services in the area. In these areas the nomination forms refer to the election of a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Guidance on standing for other elections can be found on our website.

Last updated: 16 April 2024