Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) make sure that the local police in their area are meeting the needs of the community.
There are 41 areas across England and Wales with a PCC. Each area has one commissioner.
Voting in these elections
Elections for PCCs take place every four years.
Police and Crime Commissioner elections use the Supplementary Vote (SV) system.
The ballot paper will list the PCC candidates, with two columns for marking your first choice and second choice.
In the first column, you mark a cross next to the candidate who is your first choice. For your vote to be counted, you need to cast a first choice vote.
In the second column, you can mark a cross next to the candidate who is your second choice. You don’t have to mark a second choice.
You can vote for the same candidate for your first and second choice, if you want to. Your vote will not be rejected if you do this. However, only your first choice vote for the candidate will be counted.
If only two candidates stand in your area, the election will use the first-past-the-post system. You can only vote for one candidate, by putting a cross [X] in the box next to your choice.
Find your candidates
Looking for the candidates standing in your area? Enter your postcode to view a list. Your candidates will be available a few weeks before polling day.